What’s being offered?
The Government has brought forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to Coronavirus. This includes employees self-isolating as a precaution and employees following advice to stay at home. Employees must earn on average at least £118 per week before tax.
The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:
- This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of Coronavirus.
- Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible – the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as at 28 February 2020.
- Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of Coronavirus.
- Employers should maintain records of staff absences, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note for the first 7 days. After 7 days of absence, it is at the discretion of the employer.
- The eligible period for the scheme commenced on 14 March 2020, the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to self-isolators come into force.
How do I claim and what is the timescale for the refund?
- There has been no detail provided as yet on how to claim. Employers are advised to maintain records of employee absences and payments of SSP made.
- The Government have advised that they will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP.
If you would like assistance with your payroll and SSP, please contact Sara Turner on 01228 711888.