February 04, 2021
One year of the pandemic down and still there appears a lot still to be learnt about the virus as COVID-19 has morphed into a whole new dodgy variant swiftly infecting the masses. But life cannot come to a standstill and so despite lockdowns and restrictions people find that they simply can’t put their lives on hold – the show must go on – work must continue. The UK government foreseeing this has strived to make things easier for employers by introducing reclaimable SSP; something that had become extinct from 2013. So, what are the changes to Statutory sick pay and what is the best way to manage Covid-19 related statutory sick pay, read on to find out.
Statutory Sick Pay amounts to £95.85 a week for the employee who is eligible.
In lieu of the coronavirus you need to pay an employee SSP if the employee is self-isolating and also off-work for a minimum of 4 days and if either of what follows applies:
For employees who are ill due to the coronavirus the qualifying day is the first day of illness. A point to note here is that ‘qualifying day’ implies a day that the employee would have actually been working had it not been for the illness.
Now enough about the employee, let’s move on to the employer.
For an employer it is possible to make a reclaim of 2 weeks of SSP but that only applies if all of the below apply:
For those employees who are eligible as per the above the employer can reclaim £95.85 per week per employee.
If you want to make a reclaim of SSP that was paid to an employee off-sick due to the coronavirus the correct records need to be kept. The following are the details need (they need ti be kept for a minimum of 3 years):
The following are the proofs that are considered acceptable:
It is done online. Their agent can do this for them.
Thus, as you can see from the above (which is just the tip of the ice-berg actually), SSP reclaim is not all that easy as it sounds. For example, what if your furloughed (Job Retention Scheme) employee falls in the what do you do?
Managing SSP, keeping a tab on which employees are eligible, ensuring you get the reclaim amount back – all this is time consuming and taxing for any business owner. Hence, to make things easier most employers count on their accountants to get this work done for them. Doshi Accountants can help you with your furlough related process as well as with your accounts and taxation needs. What’s more, you get free employment related and accounts related advice and a dedicated consultant of your own. Therefore, trust in the experts and get your work done, faster, more effectively and hassle-free! Quality work delivered on time is our motto.