The government has announced a new online service will be launched on 26 May. Small and medium-sized employers will be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.
Employers are eligible if they have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started before 28 February 2020 and they had fewer than 250 employees before the same date.
The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks of SSP and is payable if an employee is unable to work because they:
- have coronavirus; or
- are self-isolating and unable to work from home; or
- are shielding because they have been advised that they are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus
You can check if your business can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) by clicking here.
Employers should keep records of all the SSP payments that they wish to claim from HMRC.
Additional Statutory Sick Pay information
The current rate of SSP is £95.85 per week (before 5 April the rate was £94.25). Employers can choose to go further and pay more than the statutory minimum. Where an employer pays more than the current rate of SSP in sick pay, they will only be able to reclaim the SSP rate.
The scheme covers all types of employment contracts, including:
- full-time employees
- part-time employees
- employees on agency contracts
- employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts
(Note: Other SSP eligibility criteria apply.)
Employees do not have to provide a doctor’s fit note for their employer to make a claim under the scheme.
Employers can furlough their employees who have been advised to shield in line with public health guidance and are unable to work from home, under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Once furloughed, the employee should no longer receive SSP and would be classified as a furloughed employee. Where an employee has been notified to shield and has not been furloughed, the rebate will compensate up to 2 weeks of SSP from 16 April 2020.
As always, if you have any questions or need more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.