Recover the costs of paying COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay using the online service opened yesterday by HMRC. The service allows employers with less than 250 staff to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus -related Statutory Sick Pay for two weeks. The rebate is worth almost £200 per employee.
To get the rebate, employers can check eligibility and go on line at GOV.UK or if you use an agent, like ourselves, who is authorised to act for you on PAYE, they are able to make the claim on your behalf.
Employers can use the scheme if:
- you’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus . This means they had coronavirus symptoms/could not work because they were self isolating because someone they live with had symptoms/are shielding
- you have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
- you had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 across all your PAYE payroll schemes
Employees do not have to give you a doctor’s fit note for you to make a claim. But you can ask them to give you either:
- an isolation note from NHS 111 – if they are self-isolating and cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- the NHS or GP letter telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus
The scheme covers all types of employment contracts, including:
- full-time employees
- part-time employees
- employees on agency contracts
- employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts
- fixed term contracts (until the date their contract ends)
For more information, please see the government guidance using the links below or get in touch with us.