The Government announced yesterday that from the 26th May a new online service as announced at the budget will be available for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments made to their employees.

The scheme will allow employers with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying COVID-19-related SSP.

The online service will enable employers to claim for repayments at the applicable rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13th March 2020.

Employers are eligible if they have a PAYE payroll scheme that begun before 28th February 2020 with fewer than 250 employees before the same date. The current rate of SSP is £95.85 per week.

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.

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks of SSP and is payable if an employee is unable to work because they have COVID-19, are self-isolating and unable to work from home, or are shielding because they are high risk of severe illness from the virus.

How TC can help

If we manage your payroll, TC can make an SSP claim on your behalf. If you would like TC’s support in this area, please contact our Payroll and Accounts team on 0330 088 7111.