Small businesses that have been impacted by Covid-related staff absences may be eligible to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) through Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service.
The SSPR service opened last week for a new claims period relating to absences on or following 21 December 2021.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the rebate, your business must have employed less than 250 employees on 30 November 2021 and paid SSP for employees’ absences caused by coronavirus (this includes absences due to having COVID-19 or symptoms as well as self-isolation).
This also applies to employees with different types of employment contracts, such as part-time, flexible and fixed date contracts.
If you are entitled for the rebate, you will be able to reclaim up to two weeks of SSP, at the weekly rate of £96.35.
But remember, days that qualify for SSP are days that the employee usually works on.
How to claim
To claim as part of the SSPR service, you will be required to provide HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) with the relevant records as proof that you paid SSP out.
These records should consist of the employee’s National Insurance number, the dates that they were absent, and how many of those dates were normal working days.
They should also include the specific reason for the employee’s absence.
Find out more about the SSPR service and check if you are eligible here.
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