Covid-19 has raised many questions on the subject of SSP.
We have set out below a list of frequently asked questions (based on what we know so far), which will be updated as and when further details become available.
Who is entitled to receive COVID-19 related SSP?
From 13 March, employees will now be entitled to receive SSP from the first day of absence (previously the fourth day) if they are required to self-isolate due to:
- having COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms;
- someone in their household having COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms; and
- being advised to self-isolate by a medical professional.
The normal eligibility rules will apply - See more information
How much SSP do Employers need to pay?
SSP will be paid from the first day of absence for anyone self-isolating due to COVID-19. SSP rates are as follows:
- £94.25 per week for 19/20 tax year; and
- £95.85 per week for 20/21 tax year.
What evidence do I need to obtain from my employee?
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by completing an online form rather than visiting a doctor - See more information
Small and medium sized employers, (250 employees or less as at 28 February 2020) will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP as a result of COVID-19. This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee.
How do I claim the repayment?
The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible.
Please be assured that we are ready to help.
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