Small businesses whose staff were off sick with the coronavirus can now claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) refunds, it has been announced.
It comes after the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme claims portal reopened to new applications this month.
If you are an employer, here’s a reminder of how the scheme could help you.
What is the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme?
If you are an employer, you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ SSP related to COVID-19.
The scheme closed on 30 September 2021 but reopened this month in response to continued business disruption.
What can I claim?
The maximum claim per employee is two weeks at the SSP rate of £96.35 per week (£192.70 in total).
Who can claim?
You can claim back SSP if you have already paid your employee’s sick pay, you’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus, you have a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 30 November 2021, and you had fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021 across all of your PAYE payroll schemes.
In addition, the maximum number of employees you can claim for is the number you had across your PAYE schemes on 30 November 2021.
Do employees need to prove that they had coronavirus?
No, employees do not have to give you a doctor’s fit note for you to make a claim.
If your employee is self-isolating and cannot work because of COVID-19, you can ask them to give you an isolation note from NHS 111.
How do I claim?
The claims portal is now open. Click here to apply.
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