Employers can claim back the costs in mid January 2022 and so it is important that sick records are accurate for all pay-rolled employees during December 2021.
As with the previous scheme which stopped at the end of September 2021 employees will receive SSP for whole 2 week period where they are off sick due to Covid. SSP is currently £96.35 per week. You may of course pay Company sick pay on top of SSP for a defined number of days.
An employer can claim back up to two weeks sick pay per employer if:
- They have already paid that employee’s sick pay
- They are claiming for an employee who is eligible for sick pay due to Covid
- They have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
- They had fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020
Employees do not have to provide a doctor’s fit note in order for the employer to be able to make a claim. The employer can however ask the employee to provide an isolation note from NHS 111.
The scheme is available for employees on a variety of contracts such as part time, full time or fixed term.
The news will of course be welcomed by any businesses who are currently struggling with large numbers of employees off sick with Covid.