On 19 May, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May.
This is good news for small and medium sized businesses, as employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was entitled to SSP. We have outlined the eligibility criteria below:
Government guidelines state that employers are eligible to use the scheme if:
- They are claiming for an employee who is eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
- They had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020
- They had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020
- They are eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework
Employees are entitled to receive coronavirus related SSP if they were unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 for the following reasons:
- They have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- They are required to self-isolate due to living with someone who has symptoms and unable to work from home
- They are shielding because they fall into the high-risk category and are required to stay at home for 12 days
It is worth noting that employers can claim from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for the same employee, as long as this is not for the same period of time.
For the full details of the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme please visit the official Government webpage.
Our HR Consultancy team are here to help you take advantage of the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can access all our COVID-19 resources and support here.