Government launches new Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Peninsula Team

May 22 2020

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The Government has launched a new online service to allow SMEs to claim back some coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Below, we outline some key points and dates to help you navigate the new scheme.

When is the scheme open for applications?

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is scheduled to open on May 26th and will be available to SMEs with less than 250 employees.

The scheme is run by the HMRC, with rebate applications available online.

What sick pay does the scheme cover?

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme covers Statutory Sick Pay for up to two weeks of illness. The scheme doesn’t cover contractual or occupational sick pay that you give to your staff, meaning you can only apply for rebates of SSP.

Rebates on SSP paid can only be claimed due to coronavirus-related sickness or self-isolation that started on or after March 13th, 2020. Furthermore, you can only apply for rebates on SSP paid to employees who started shielding on or after April 16th.

What employees does the scheme cover?

The scheme covers employees who were on a PAYE payroll scheme created and started before February 28th. This includes:

  • Part-time employees
  • Full-time employees
  • Employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts
  • Employees on agency contracts

Exceptions exist however, as employees on furlough shouldn’t receive sick pay.

What information must I submit?

When applying for the rebate, you must submit records of all SSP paid to employees that you wish to claim for. However, you don’t need to submit evidence of illness, such as employee fit notes.  

Exactly how the application process will work is yet to be clarified, meaning further updates will follow.

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