Small and medium sized businesses may now reclaim any SSP paid for sickness due to COVID-19. Eligibility is as follows:

  • The refund will cover up to two weeks SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Please note this does not apply to SSP that doesn't relate to the Coronavirus

  • Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible. 

  • Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP as a result of COVID-19

  • Employers can only claim two full weeks of SSP so if the employee is off for any longer, this must be covered by the employer as with usual SSP

  • Employers should maintain records of absences where SSP has been paid but employees don't need to provide a fit note in order to receive those payments

  • The repayment scheme for sick pay due to coronavirus is now live so please get in touch if you need guidance with this or need us to make a claim on your behalf

Employees have a day one right of SSP related to COVID-19 and therefore don't need to wait 3 waiting days before sick pay commences. If an employee self isolates as a precaution, self isolates because they either have the virus or have symptoms or they live with someone at risk and have to self isolate, they are eligible to receive SSP in all cases.

If an employee must self isolate because someone in their support bubble has either tested positive for Covid-19 or has symptoms, they will also be eligible to receive SSP. 

If an employee has received notification from the NHS Test and Trace app that they've been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or has been informed by Public Health Authorities and must self isolate, you can also pay your employee SSP.

If you have any queries with this or need further clarification, please don't hesitate to get in touch.