The government has announced the launch of a new online service to let small and medium-sized employers claim back some coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Read on to find out more…
When will the scheme open?
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is set to open on the 26 of May 2020. It will be available to SMEs with fewer than 250 employees.
The scheme is run by the HMRC and you’ll be able to apply for your rebate online.
What does the scheme cover?
The scheme covers Statutory Sick Pay for up to two weeks of illness. You can only apply for rebates of SSP—the scheme does not cover any contractual or occupational sick pay that you give to your staff.
You’ll only be able to apply for rebates on SSP paid due to coronavirus-related sickness or self-isolation that started on or after the 13 of March 2020.
You’ll also be able to apply for rebates on SSP paid to employees who started shielding on or after the 16 of April.
Who does the scheme cover?
It covers employees that were on a PAYE payroll scheme created and started before the 28 of February. This includes:
- full-time employees
- part-time employees
- employees on agency contracts
- employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts
Exceptions are employees on furlough, who should not receive sick pay.
What information do I need to submit?
You’ll need to submit records of all SSP paid to employees that you wish to claim for. But you don’t need to submit evidence of illness, such as your employee’s fit note.
We’re still waiting to find out exactly how the application process will work, so stay tuned for further updates.
Sick pay advice
Remember, Peninsula clients have access to a 24/7 advice line for instant support on any HR issues, from holiday and sick pay to furlough and return to work.
So, for expert help to manage your business through the COVID-19 crisis and keep staff safe as lockdown eases, contact your Peninsula team.