Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

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What does this involve?

If you are a small- or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who are either ill or been told to self-isolate because of COVID-19.

Am I eligible?

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, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

The scheme is for SMEs.

How long does this take?

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.

Next steps

Visit the UK Government website for more information.  

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