SSP Rebate Scheme for coronavirus-related claims due to close shortly

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close on 17 March 2022

23 February 2022 - Catherine Britton

Employers need to know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close on 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022. You (the employer) have until 24‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022 to submit any new claims for absence periods up to 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022, or to amend claims you have already submitted.

The COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was reintroduced in January this year to help employers with fewer than 250 employees, by reimbursing statutory sick pay (SSP) for members of staff who were absent due to coronavirus or self-isolation. The scheme reimburses up to two weeks per employee. Employees aren’t required to have a doctor’s note in order for you to make a claim, although you can ask them to give you an isolation note from NHS 111.

What will change in March?

If your employees are absent after 17 March 2022 you will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) of £95.35 a week, and from 25 March the normal SSP rules will apply. This means that any COVID-related absences will have to be funded entirely by you as their employer, and you’ll be required to pay SSP from the fourth qualifying day your employee is off sick – regardless of the reason for their absence.

Employers have up to and including 24 March 2022 to submit any final claims and/or amend any claims they have already submitted. The current scheme covers current or former employees who were off work on or after 21 December 2021, and your payroll scheme was started on or before 30 November 2021.

More information on eligibility and how to make a claim is available on the gov.uk website.

Our Business Advisory teams are always available to help you identify claims, grants and other sources of funding to help you develop your business. Contact us on 0330 058 6559 or email hello@scruttonbland.co.uk

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