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Statutory Sick Pay relief packages (SMEs)

Statutory Sick Pay relief packages (SMEs)

Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)

What is it?

We will bring forward legislation to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Who is it for?

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020.

Employees affected by COVID-19. This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19.

How does it work?

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 and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.

The eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP  to those staying at home comes into force.

What don't we know yet?

We will update this with more information once we have it.

What should I do next?

Wait for further details to be released.

The government have said they will "work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible".

We will update this briefing as soon as more information becomes available.

Critchleys Clients: If you have specific questions, please contact your Critchleys Accountant directly.


Published 24 March 2020
Last Updated 24 March 2020

24 March 2020
First published.


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Marc Taylor

Marc Taylor

Marc is a Payroll Manager

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