The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses and employers, enables them to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The online service closed for new claims after 30 September 2021.
However, following the new Omicron wave, the online claims service is to be reintroduced from mid-January. The government announced before the Christmas break that firms will be re-eligible for the scheme from 21 December 2021 and will be able to make claims retrospectively once the claims service is relaunched.
The scheme covers up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Employers are eligible for the scheme if their business is UK based, small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees. Under the scheme, the Government will cover the cost of SSP for Covid-related absences qualifying employers across the UK.
Employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online or a ‘shielding note’ / letter from their doctor or health authority advising them to shield because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.