The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the current rate of SSP that they pay to current or former employees for periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.
The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either:
- have coronavirus
- cannot work because they are self-isolating at home
- are shielding in line with public health guidance
Employees do not have to give you a doctor’s fit note for you to make a claim.
The online service used to reclaim SSP is not available yet. HMRC will announce when the service is available and this guidance will be updated.
Records you must keep
You must keep records of all the statutory sick payments that you want to claim from HMRC, including:
- the reason why an employee could not work
- details of each period when an employee could not work, including start and end dates
- details of the SSP qualifying days when an employee could not work
- National Insurance numbers of all employees who you have paid SSP to
You’ll have to keep these records for at least 3 years following your claim.
You can read more on the government business support website where they will be making more information available in the next few days.
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