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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme re-introduced

The Treasury has announced it is reintroducing the statutory sick pay rebate scheme which ended on the 30 September. It is in response to predictions that up to one million people may be sick or self-isolating by January.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is paid at £96.35 a week by employers (in the absence of their contracts providing for more). Normally businesses bare this cost.

However, under the rebate scheme:

  1. Businesses with fewer than 250 employees will be reimbursed SSP.

  2. The absence must be Covid related.

  3. Claims can be made for up to two weeks per employee.

  4. Employees should self-isolate for four days to be eligible for SSP but are paid for every day they are self-isloting.

  5. Businesses will be eligible to make a claim from now and can make claims retrospectively from mid-January.

  6. The self-employed are not eligible, but casual and agency workers are.

Feel free to contact us if you need assistance in this area.



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