As a recruiter, the care of your employees has always been paramount, but recent changes mean that this is now more important than ever.
When Rishi Sunak delivered the budget on 16th March, he announced a raft of measures aimed at supporting UK businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. One of these measures was the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, which employers are able to claim on behalf of employees who have been absent from work or made to self-isolate from day one.
The online service to facilitate claims went live on 26th May, but what is the scheme and who qualifies? Read on as we discuss.
What is the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme?
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme allows small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to reclaim the costs of coronavirus-related SSP, provided there was a PAYE scheme in place prior to 28th February 2020.
The current rate of SSP is £95.85 per week and under the scheme, you can reclaim up to two weeks SSP for each employee that has been absent from work because they have coronavirus or because they are self-isolating and unable to work from home.
You may also reclaim the cost of SSP if an employee is shielding due to a high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. This is the case for absences that started on or after 16th April 2020. However, given that those in high risk categories have typically been advised to shield for 12 weeks and you can only reclaim up to two weeks SSP costs, you may wish to consider furlough instead. You can reclaim up to 80% of the salary costs for furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you can find out more about this here. If you are already claiming under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you are not able to reclaim SSP for the same period.
There is nothing to prevent you from paying employees more than the current rate of SSP in sick pay, however, regardless of the amount you pay, you will only be able to reclaim a maximum of £95.5 per week.
How do I make a claim?
If an employee has been absent from work due to coronavirus, the online service facilitating the reclaim of SSP is now live and you can access this here. There is no requirement to provide a doctor’s fit note however you will need to keep a record of the dates of the period of absence relating to COVID-19.
Of course, as an employer, Parasol will continue to pay Statutory Sick Pay where our employees are absent from work due to illness. If your contractors are employed by Parasol you will not need to worry about statutory entitlements.
With you all the way
As an industry-leading umbrella company, we understand how important the right support can be. That’s why we’re on hand to offer advice and guidance on the latest measures. Our coronavirus hub is here to keep you up to speed with the help available to businesses throughout the COVID-19 crisis as they unfold, and for anything else, we’re only a phone call away.