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Covid-19 sick pay scheme temporarily reintroduced

HMRC has temporarily reintroduced the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS), to support employers facing growing levels of sickness absence due to the pandemic.

It means that small or medium-sized employers with fewer than 250 employees 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.

Claim per employee is capped at £192.70, which equates to two weeks at the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate of £96.35.

HMRC said that while this is a reintroduction of the scheme that ran until 30 September 2021, it is a new claims period.

As a result, employers can claim for eligible employees whether or not they have claimed for them under the previous scheme.

The tax office stated: “Make sure you have the latest information by joining our webinar, Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme 2, which includes who can claim for SSPR; when to start paying SSP; what you can claim under SSPR; making a claim; connected companies or charities; and keeping records.

“During this interactive webinar, you can ask questions using the on-screen text box and download handouts giving detailed examples and links to more information.

“Afterwards we’ll also send you a link to a video recording of the webinars in case you’d like to see any of
it again.”

For more information and to check if your business or a client is eligible, please visit the government website.

Alternatively, to register for HMRC’s webinar, which will be held on Wednesday 9 February, between 11:45 am and 12:45 pm, click here.

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