The COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is a government strategy to support small to medium businesses during the pandemic. This was closed down last September but has now been introduced as a temporary measure to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. This will allow eligible employers to claim up to two weeks of SSP if the reason for absence is COVID, occurring from 21st December 2021 onwards.
Employers will be able to make a claim through HMRC from mid-January onwards, using the government website.
Employers must keep records of Statutory Sick Pay that they’ve paid and want to claim back from HMRC. Employers must keep the following records for 3 years after the date they receive the payment for their claim:
Employers will be eligible for the scheme if: