Employment Insight - Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus

31 January 2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, which allows employers to claim back SSP for employees off sick as a result of Covid-19, has been reintroduced. 

Employers can claim back up to 2 weeks’ of SSP for each employee who was eligible for sick pay due to Covid-19 from 21 December 2021. This will include staff who cannot work because they test positive for Covid-19 or because they are required to self-isolate in line with government guidance or because they've been told to isolate ahead of medical treatment. 

Employers are eligible to claim under the rebate scheme provided that they have already paid employees' sick pay and had fewer than 250 employees on their payroll as at 30 November 2021. 

The scheme covers both current and former employees on all types of employment contracts, including those on part-time, agency, fixed-term or flexible or zero-hour contracts. Employees do not need to have provided a fit note for their employer to be able to make a claim. 

The full guidance for the SSP Rebate Scheme and the online claims portal can be accessed here

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