Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.
HMRC has produced a pair of helpful explainer videos explaining some of the support available to business owners.
HMRC has published updated guidance to assist in the calculation of statutory sick pay (SSP) for those who are self-isolating or incapacitated during the pandemic.
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
Those who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick.
Employees and workers must receive any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate because (a) they have coronavirus; (b) they have coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature or new continuous cough; or (c) they've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111.
The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of coronavirus.