The Government has published the Coronavirus Bill which states that SSP will be paid from day one opposed to the standard day four where someone has symptoms of Coronavirus or is self-isolating due to someone in the household having symptoms. This will be retrospectively applied back to 13 March 2020 for those who are off sick with Covid-19 or its symptoms.
As yet, there is no clear instruction on how that is to be reclaimed but it has been made clear that employees will not be required to submit a fit note. Note NHS 111 can provide a self-isolation note via their online system. As an employer you will be able to reclaim a maximum of two weeks per employee if you employ fewer than 250 employees.
The bill states that if an employee us unable to work from home then the following circumstances attract SSP:
Employee who has a high temperature and/ or a new and continuous cough
The criteria to claim SSPRS for an employee is as follows:
The employee has had sickness absence due to the Coronavirus on 13 March or after and
The employer had a PAYE payroll scheme that contained fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020.
The scheme is open to all employees, whether they are:
To calculate the employees SSP, it is based upon their average earnings over the previous eight weeks preceding their absence.
An employee can only claim up to 2 weeks SSP under this scheme.
For at least 3 years following a claim you must keep the records of all SSP claimed. The records must include:
The reason for the absence
The government have advised that this is not yet available. They will notify us when it will be live.
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