The new online service is set to launch on 26 May 2020 and will allow small and medium sized employers to apply to HMRC to recover the cost of SSP relating to Coronavirus.

If we are your agent we will be able to make the claim on your behalf.

The payment will cover up to two weeks of SSP and is payable if an employee is unable to work because of the following reasons:

  • Have coronavirus; or
  • Are self isolating and unable to work from home; or
  • Are shielding because they’ve been advised that they are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after:

  • 13 March 2020 – if your employee had coronavirus or the symptoms or is self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • 16 April 2020 – if your employee was shielding because of coronavirus

Employers can furlough employees who have been advised to shield and are unable to work from home. Furloughed employees should not receive SSP whilst on furlough.

Further guidance can be found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19