Statutory Sick Pay due to Coronavirus | Can you claim back?

We would advise all employers to check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus.

You may be able to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This is because a change has been to the scheme meaning employers can ask for a ‘shielding note’ or a letter from their doctor or health authority advising them to shield because they’re 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)

Employers can claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP if:

  • You have already paid your employee’s sick pay (use the SSP calculator to work out how much to pay).
  • You’re 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 28 February 2020.
  • You had fewer than 250 employees on 28 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).
  • A ‘shielding note’ or a letter from their doctor or health authority advising them to shield because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

For more information on this scheme including how to claim if you feel you are eligible, please head over to the government website where they have more information. If this article raises some questions and you would like to enquire about HR advice. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our multi-award-winning team here!

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