The SSP Rebate Scheme was brought back just before Christmas 2021, allowing Employers (of 250 employees or less) to claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP paid to employees who have been off work either with Covid-19 or due to having to isolate.
To be eligible:
The employee must earn at least £120 per week / £520 per month but SSP can be paid from the first day absent from work rather than waiting for 3 unpaid “waiting days”.
The sickness must have started on or after 21st December 2021.
Employers can claim up to 2 weeks of SSP (£96.35 per week) for each employee off sick due to Covid (even if they claimed for them in the previous rebate scheme which ended at the end of September 2021).
Full details can be found at: Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
How employers can make a claim:
- Log on to your PAYE account: Sign in using Government Gateway – GOV.UK (access.service.gov.uk)
- Scroll down to PAYE for employers and expand the “Coronavirus schemes for employers”
- Click on “Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme”
- Scroll down to “How to claim” and click link to “Claim back Statutory Sick Pay”
- Scroll down to “Claim now” and follow instructions.
- Where it asks “Are you claiming for coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay you have already paid…” click YES
- Enter the number of employees you are claiming for (you don’t need to enter their details).
- The claim period is the day the first employee was off until the last employee returned (or the pay day date if they have not yet returned.
- Enter the total of the SSP you are claiming.
- Enter you bank account details.
- Submit your claim and make a note of the reference number.