Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Statutory Sick Pay SSP Paid to Employees Due to Coronavirus

From the 26th August 2020 employers can claim for employees who have been notified by the NHS to self-isolate before surgery.

This scheme is for employers. You can claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP if:

you have already paid your employee’s sick pay 

you are claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus

you have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28th February 2020

you had fewer than 250 employees on 28th February 2020 across all your PAYE payroll schemes

Employees do not have to give you a doctor’s fit note for you to make a claim. But you can ask them to give you either:

an isolation note from NHS 111 – if they are self-isolating and cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

the NHS or GP letter telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks because they are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

The scheme covers all types of employment contracts, including:

full-time employees

part-time employees

employees on agency contracts

employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts

fixed term contracts (until the date their contract ends)

See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

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