New Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Introduced for SMEs
The Government have brought in legislation which will allow small to medium businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness and absences due to the Coronavirus.
The rebate will cover Businesses and Employers up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee. This will also include reclaiming any expenditure incurred for any employee who has claimed SSP as a result of the Coronavirus.
If you have been affected as a business, in order to qualify you must be (1) UK based and (2) you must employ fewer than 250 employees as of 28th February 2020.
We are awaiting further announcement from the Government on the necessary details of how the repayment mechanism will operate and become active. The delay is due to the current rebate scheme being under development as the HRMC systems cannot process employer refunds for SSP.
Until the system and further information becomes available it is strongly recommended that businesses maintain their records of staff absence and sick pay. This should include obtaining employee’s ‘NHS 111 Isolation Note‘ where possible.
Employees and workers must receive any SSP due to them if they need or are required to self-isolate because of the Coronavirus;
Employees do not need to provide a GP fit note if they are self-isolating, they can obtain a notification from NHS 111 Online, which can be used as evidence for Employers
Employees affected by the Coronavirus will be paid SSP from day one as opposed to the usual rules that SSP is paid from the fourth day of absences;
To keep and maintain your records of staff absence and sickness for claiming your future rebate on SSP paid for the Coronavirus.
If you have any concerns relating to what support there is for Businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak or have a employment related enquiry, then do not hesitate to contact Liberty Law Solicitors on 01582 853 785 for advice and assistance.