20th May 2020

HMRC has announced the expected opening from 26 May 2020 of the portal for small and medium sized employers (those employers with fewer than 250 employees either alone or including connected parties) to obtain a rebate under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (CSSP) scheme.

The CSSP Rebate Scheme was launched at the last Budget and is intended to repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay paid to current or former employees.

Under what circumstances can employers claim a repayment?

The repayment covers up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either:

  • have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms; or
  • cannot work because they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms; or
  • are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

Which periods are covered?

Eligible employers can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after:

  • 13 March 2020 – if any employees had coronavirus or the symptoms or were self-isolating because someone they lived with had symptoms; or
  • 16 April 2020 – if any employees were shielding because of coronavirus

Where can I find out more about the scheme and to obtain a rebate from 26 May?

HMRC has published the following updates to the CSSP scheme which can be found at the following links:

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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