Recovering Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments launches on 26 May

It’s been announced this morning that the online service for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees will be launched on 26 May.

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

Employers making a claim through the online system will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.  To prepare to make a claim, employers should keep records of all the SSP payments that they wish to claim from HMRC.

Employers are eligible if they have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started before 28 February 2020 and they had fewer than 250 employees before the same date.  The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks of SSP and is payable if an employee is unable to work because they:

  • have coronavirus; or
  • are self-isolating and unable to work from home; or
  • are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-statutory-sick-pay-rebate-scheme-set-to-launch?utm_source=0128333f-ceb9-45ee-a773-0051e0111053&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

You can check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

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