Coronavirus government statutory sick pay and how to apply for a refund to cover the cost of small business employees either self-isolating or going sick
Coronavirus government statutory sick pay – and how to apply for (details for employers)
It was announced that the government will meet the cost of coronavirus statutory sick pay (SSP) for small businesses with up to 250 employees for 14 days.
SSP will now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with coronavirus or those who are unable to work because they are self-isolating in line with government advice.
The weekly allowance for SSP will increase from £94.25 to £95.85 on 6 April.
In addition to that, SSP will also be payable from day 1 instead of from day 4 for those affected by Coronavirus.
For employers, the Coronavirus SSP will be via a repayment mechanism and the government have said it will be paid out as soon as possible.
For the employees who are self-isolating, there will soon be a mechanism to obtain a fit note (also known as a sick note) to cover this absence via NHS 111 and this could be used by employees where their employers request evidence.