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The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (the “Rebate Scheme”) will launch on 26 May 2020, with small and medium employers being able to use an online portal to reclaim SSP paid to current or former employees who meet the criteria. Employers can claim repayment of up to 2 weeks’ SSP starting from the first qualifying day of sickness if the employee was unable to work because:

  • they had coronavirus symptoms;
  • they were self-isolating because someone they live with has coronavirus symptoms;
  • they are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

Employers can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March for those who had coronavirus or live with someone with the symptoms, and for periods starting on or after 16 April 2020 where the employee is shielding.

To qualify for the Rebate Scheme, employers must have a PAYE payroll that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, and have had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020.

It has been confirmed that employers may claim payments for the same employee under both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Rebate Scheme, but not for the same time periods.

Claims under the Rebate Scheme are to be made on an online portal. It is not yet known when the Rebate Scheme will end.

The scheme guidance can be found here.

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