SME Statutory Sick Pay Compensation
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now available to eligible individuals that are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are self-isolating in line with the latest Government advice. Access the advice via this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
The government will allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19 for up to two weeks per individual. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:
- The refund will cover up to 2 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. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online via this lilnk https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/.
How to access the scheme
A rebate scheme is being developed. The Government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP. The Government's information is available on this webpage https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay-rebate/.
If you are self-employed and want to know if you are eligible for Universal Credit, please visit the gov.uk Universal Credit page https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit.
For further information on the full range of business support measures which have been made available to UK businesses, visit the government's Business Support website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support or use the Business Support Finder tool via this link https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder.