SMEs can benefit from Covid sick pay rebates

As Covid cases continue to rise again, small businesses in particular are faced with the extra cost of sick pay as employees fall victim to the virus.

But help is at hand and the Government is offering a rebate of up to two weeks sick pay related to Coronavirus for firms with 250 employees or less.

Employers can use the relief scheme to reclaim up to two weeks’ worth of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) that they have paid out to employees for COVID-19 sickness absences. SSP for these absences will also be paid from the first day off, rather than day four as is standard.

You can claim if:

You can make SSP rebate and furlough grant claims through either scheme, for the same employee, but not for the same time period.

The online service to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now available and as an employer you need to:

Employees do not have to give you a doctor’s fit note for you to make a claim. But you can ask them to give you either:

The scheme covers all types of employment contracts, including:

What you can claim
The repayment will cover up to two weeks SSP starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they:

You can make more than one claim per employee, but you cannot claim for more than two weeks in total.

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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