Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (‘SSPRS’) for Employers


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The Coronavirus Act entitles employers to remuneration from HMRC for any payments made under Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’) through a Rebate Scheme. There is a certain eligibility criteria, and application process that needs to be satisfied, which we went onto discuss in this bite-sized guidance.

Who can apply?

Businesses can claim for ‘employees’ who meet the following criteria;

  • Be classed an employee working under an employment contract- this includes full-time employees, part-time employees, employees on zero hour contracts, fixed-term or flexible contracts, and agency contracts.
  • Earn an average of at least £120 a week
  • Be ill for 4 days in a row
  • Be on PAYE payroll scheme which was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
  • Businesses with a workforce of less than 250 employees on 28 February 2020
  • Charity connected to a business.

An employer can claim compensation for employees who have been in receipt of SSP from 13 March 2020 at the current rate of £95.85, for a period of up to two weeks, from the first day of sickness if they are:

  • Suffering from Coronavirus
  • Unable to work due to self-isolation in accordance with the government guidelines
  • Shielding due a clinical vulnerability i.e. due to an underlying health condition on or after 16 April 2020
Information you need before claiming:
  • The reason why the employee could not work
  • Details of each period when the employee could not work, including start and end dates
  • Details of the SSP qualifying days when the employee could not work
  • National insurance numbers of all employees who have been paid SSP.

Employers are advised to keep these records for at least 3 years following their claim.

Useful links:

https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

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Faareen Ali was called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 2019 by The Honourable society of Lincolns Inn. She is currently an Advocate for 8 DAC Beachcroft Buildings Ltd (8DB) and has nearly three years experience of representing clients predominantly within Civil and Commercial areas of law. She is also the Founder and Director at Law Simplified Ltd. Faareen was voted as one of Top 25 women to watch in business in Lancashire and featured in Lancashire Business View (LBV) for International Women's Day (2021). She is the Silver Award holder for Best Businesswoman in Legal Services 2021, and the finalist for the Innovator of Year Award 2020. Law Simplified was also awarded the Silver Award for Best New Business 2021. For any business enquires, you can reach Faareen Ali on lawsimplifieduk1@gmail.com.

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