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The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launches online on 26 May.

By 19th May 2020

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launches online on 26 May.

The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Tax agents will be able to make claims on behalf of employers.

Employers are eligible to use the scheme if:

  • they’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • they had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020
  • they had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020
  • they’re eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework.

The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 and entitled to SSP, because they either:

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

To prepare to make a claim, employers should keep records of all the SSP payments they wish to claim for.

For more information about eligibility and how to prepare to use the scheme, please visit GOV.UK and search 'Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

Please only call HMRC if you cannot find the support you need on GOV.UK advice pages or through the HMRC webchat service – this will leave their lines open for those who need help most. If you are not clear about eligibility drop us an email and we will help you through this scheme.

You can find out more about this coronavirus support measure, and others such as HMRC’s Job Retention Scheme, by signing up to one of their webinars. For more information please visit GOV.UK and search for 'Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launches online on 26 May.