Closure of Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme

March 3rd, 2022

Under the current Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’) Rebate Scheme, employers were able to claim up to 2 weeks of SSP for each employee for any coronavirus related absences provided that the employer:

  • paid the employee sick pay due to the coronavirus;
  • had a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 30 November 2021 and;
  • had fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021 across all your PAYE payroll schemes

The repayment covered up to 2 weeks of SSP starting from the first day of COVID-19 related absences.

It has been announced that from 17th March 2022 the Rebate Scheme will close and the normal SSP rules will return. This means that employers should revert to paying their employees SSP from the fourth day of any absence from work, whether covid-19 related or not, unless an employee has enhanced contractual sickness provisions in their contract of employment.

Employers have up to and including 24th March 2022 to submit any final claims and/or amend claims they have already submitted for COVID-19 related absence periods up to March 17th 2022.

This may require businesses to look at revoking any temporary policies and/or procedures it has in place or generally reviewing their sickness absence management processes.

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