The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May.
The scheme will enable employers with less than 250 employees to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
Employers are eligible to use the scheme if:
- they’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
- they had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020
- they had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020
- they’re eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework.
The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 and entitled to SSP, because they either:
- have coronavirus
- are self-isolating and unable to work from home
- are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
To prepare to make a claim, employers should keep records of all the SSP payments they wish to claim for.
For more information about eligibility and how employers can prepare to use the scheme, please visit GOV.UK and search ‘Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)‘.
Tax agents are able to claim this on behalf of their clients, if you need help to claim, please call the trusted payroll bureau at MJB Avanti (08000) 388 799 for expert advice.
We will continue to update you about this scheme.
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