COVID-19: Paying statutory sick pay (SSP) to employees
Apr 14, 2020
The Government has made 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 is as follows:
- SMEs may reclaim up to two weeks’ SSP expenditure per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19.
- Employers 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 2020
- Employers 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 who has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
- SSP will be payable from day one instead of day four for affected individuals. The eligible period for the scheme commenced on 13 March 2020, which was the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP came into force for those staying at home/self-isolating. Anyone self isolating before that date will only be eligible for SSP from day four.
- The Government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible.
- If you’re self employed, you can claim employment and support allowance from day one instead of day eight.
- The rate of SSP for working a five-day week is £95.85 per week from 6 April 2020
- SSP is not available to those earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £120 per week from 6 April 2020
If you would like any help with calculating or claiming SSP for your employees then please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.