As part of the support to businesses the government announced that businesses with less than 250 employees would be able to reclaim SSP paid due to Coronavirus up to two weeks per employee.
Employers are required to pay SSP to employees from day 1 of the employee either having Coronavirus or because they are self-isolating at home, this is different to the normal SSP rules where you normally only receive SSP from day 4 of the sick leave.
In order to qualify for the reimbursement, employers must:
- be claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus – please see SSP for details of how employees qualify.
- had a payroll scheme on 28 February 2020;
- had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020.
For connected companies and charities you are only able to use the scheme if you have a combined total of less than 250 employees as at 28 February 2020.
Please click for the full government guidance
The portal for making the claims is not yet operational; therefore, at present you need to keep a record of the amounts paid in order to make a claim once the portal is available.