20 March 2020

As part of the Chancellor’s package to support businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak, there will be statutory sick pay relief for SMEs throughout the country.

The government will bring forward legislation to allow small- and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Watch our video for a summary of the changes made to sick pay during the pandemic and advice on how to navigate them:

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 COVID-19
  • 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 of 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 COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note
  • eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible

You will be eligible for this scheme if your business is UK-based, small or medium-sized, and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020. The relief will be delivered via a rebate scheme, which is currently being developed. Further details will be provided in due course once the legalisation has passed.

You can read further information on this on the UK Government website.

We’ve put together articles on a wide number of items announced as part of the Chancellor’s support package – visit our Coronavirus hub to get all the latest details.

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