In order to support employers facing heightened levels of COVID-related sickness, the Government is reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS).
How will the scheme work?
From mid-January, small and medium-sized employers will be able to claim for COVID-related statutory sick pay costs, occurring from 21st December 2021 onwards, for up to two weeks per employee.
This two week limit will be reset, meaning that an employer will be able to claim up to two weeks per employee, regardless of whether they have claimed under the previous scheme for that employee.
Who will be eligible to claim?
Employers will be eligible if they satisfy the below criteria:
- They are UK based
- They employed fewer than 250 employees as of 30th November 2021
- They had a PAYE payroll system as of 30th November 2021
- They have already paid their employees’ COVID-related SSP
What happens next?
Further guidance on the details of the scheme will be published shortly, but for now, we know that from mid-January, employers will be able to make their claim through HMRC via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-your-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19
If you have any questions or would like some assistance with your claim, contact our payroll department and one of the team will be happy to assist:
Phone: 01926 422292