The online Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will be launched on 26 May.  Through this, small and medium-sized employers can recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees due to COVID-19-related absence. The key points of the scheme include;

  • Employers with a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020 can claim provided they had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020.
  • For each employee, the repayment will cover up to 2 weeks’ inability to work while self-isolating due to having or living with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms (covering any periods from 13 March 2020), or shielding (covering periods from 16 April 2020). Employers can recover the weekly rate of SSP (£94.25 before 6 April 2020 and £95.85 from 6 April).
  • A claim can be made from both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for the same employee, but not for the same period of time for that employee.

Further details are available here.