Will Statutory Sick Pay be paid during COVID-19?
Restarted 21 December 2021 - now closed
The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme was temporarily reintroduced to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Small or medium-sized employers with under 250 employees were eligible to claim SSP costs for up to two weeks per employee for COVID-19 related absences from 21 December 2021.
While this was a reintroduction of the scheme which originally ran until 30 September 2021, it was classed as a new claims period. This means you could claim for up to two weeks of SSP per employee who needed time off for coronavirus related reasons, regardless of whether you claimed for them under the previous scheme.
Claims could be made retrospectively from mid-January, and the employee must have already been paid the SSP.
***This guidance was withdrawn on
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has now closed. The last date for submitting or amending a claim was 24 March 2022.