SSP Rebate Scheme Ends

SSP Rebate Scheme Ends – Key Dates.

The temporary Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme ends on 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022. Key dates to note are outlined below.

  • You have until 24‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022 to submit any new claims for your employees, for absence periods up to 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022. Or to amend claims you have already submitted.
  • You will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employees coronavirus-related absences or self-isolation that occur after 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022.
  • From 25‌‌‌ ‌March 2022, we return to the normal SSP rules. This means employers will revert to paying SSP from the fourth qualifying day that their employee is off work. Regardless of the reason for their sickness absence.

The latest information relating to Sick Pay can be found here

COVID-19 & Temporary Reintroduction of SSPRS

Over the last two years with increased employee absence due to COVID-19, every employer across the country has felt the strain.

In 2021 the government introduced a funding scheme to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments. This closed when things started to calm down in September 2021.

With the Omicron variant developing, the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) had been temporarily reintroduced. This was to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19.

If you’re a small or medium-sized employer with under 250 employees you may be eligible to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs for up to two weeks per employee, for COVID-19 related absences from 21 December 2021.

  • While this is a reintroduction of the scheme which ran until 30 September 2021, it is a new claims period, which means you can claim for eligible employees whether or not you claimed for them under the previous scheme. Any COVID sickness must be four days in a row or longer.
  • To be eligible for SSP your employee should have average earnings over the 8 weeks prior to sickness of over the lower earnings limit which at this time is £120 per week.
  • The maximum number of employees which you can claim for is the number you had across your PAYE schemes on 30 November 2021.

Payroll Support

If you are a payroll client of Shaw Austin then we will take care of all of this for you.

  • We will calculate the average earnings to ensure entitlement.
  • Confirm standard working days to calculate which days count towards the sickness, then
  • we will process the claim with HMRC to ensure you are fully reimbursed.

Shaw Austin are a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Chester supporting independent business throughout the UK. We take the headache out of business accounting and taxation by providing our clients with a personal service.

Published March 2022