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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Scheme Opens

Employers who have paid Statutory Sick Pay to staff taking Coronavirus related leave will now be able to claim black the money.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on May 26th that the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme has officially opened for applications.

The scheme allows employers with less than 250 employees to apply to be reimbursed the costs of paying Coronavirus related sick pay.

The scheme covers all employment contracts including: full time, part time, agency, flexible or zero- hour contracts.

Employers do not require a doctor’s note from employees to make a claim.

To apply for this scheme employers must have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created on or before the 28th February 2020.

Click here to apply for the rebate.

The application will ask you information on the employees you are claiming for. After making an application you should receive the money within six working days.

Connected companies and Charities can also use this scheme if their total number of PAYE employees are less that 250 before the 28th February 2020.

The rebate will cover up to two weeks of Statutory Sick Pay starting from the first day of sickness or if an employee was unable to work due to having COVID-19 symptoms, if they were self-isolating or shielding.

You can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after

  • March 13th 2020
  • April 16th 2020

The current rate of Statutory Sick Pay is now £95.85 per week. If you are an employer who pays more than the average Statutory Sick Pay rate you cannot claim for the extra amount only the current rate.

Click here to use the SSP calculator.

You must keep a record for three years of the Statutory Sick Pay that you have been paid and want to claim back from HMRC, as well as:

  • The dates your employees were sick
  • The reason they were off work
  • The employee’s national insurance number
  • The Sate Aid Declaration (from your claim summary) until the 31st December 2024

Bailey Group can act on your behalf to make this claim therefore if you would like any help or support on claiming Coronavirus SSP Relief please call us on 0191 586 1615 or click here to contact us now.