Reminder: SSP Rebate scheme closes on 17 March 2022

14 March 2022

Originally implemented in March 2020, the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate scheme allowed eligible employers to reclaim up to two weeks SSP paid to covid stricken employees. The first round of this scheme ran up until September 2021. As a result of the omicron variant, this scheme was re-introduced in December 2021.

Eligibility criteria for round two of the scheme are:

•    You have already paid your employee’s sick pay
•    You’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
•    You have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 30 November 2021
•    You had fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021 across all your PAYE payroll schemes.

The Coronavirus Act, which lays into law temporary provisions such as this, is due to come to an end on 24 March 2022. However, the SSP Rebate scheme will end on 17 March 2022, one week earlier, this will allow employers 1 week, up until 24 March 2022, to submit claims before the provisions end.

Make sure you check your records to see if you can make a claim before the deadline. It is also worth noting that claims can be made for the same employee in the separate rounds of the scheme, for up to two weeks in each.

From 25 March 2022 normal SSP rules will apply.

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