We’re living in unprecedented times, with the Coronavirus crisis causing uncertainty for business owners and employees alike. Our offices may be temporarily closed, but we are still here to provide advice and support to our clients where possible, answering the questions you need to know.

 

Q: My employees are off work – can I get help to pay their sick pay?

 

A:

 

As expected with a highly infectious disease, many firms are struggling with reduced man-power and heightened sick payments.

 

In a bid to combat this, the Government is working to create legislation which will allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for any Covid-19 absences.

 

Please note, the following eligibility criteria will apply to this package:

  • The refund covers up to 2 weeks’ SSP per employee off work due to Covid-19
  • This only applies to employers of fewer than 250 members of staff, and employer size will be determined by the number of people employed as of 28 February 2020
  • Employers should maintain records of staff absences and SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP note. If an employer requires evidence, staff with symptoms can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online
  • 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

 

This scheme is still under development, but to keep up to date with progress keep an eye out here.