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Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees


We will bring forward legislation to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.


The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19employers 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 2020employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS websiteeligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP to those staying at home comes into forcethe government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible


Eligibility

You are eligible for the scheme if:

your business is UK basedyour business is a small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020


How to access the scheme

A rebate scheme is being developed. Further details will be provided in due course once the legalisation has passed.

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