Statutory sick pay, SMEs and isolation under "test and trace"


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The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers' Liabilities) Regulations 2020 came into force on 26 May.

The Regulations form part of the financial support package for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and entitle employers with fewer than 250 employees (as at 28 February 2020) to apply to HMRC for reimbursement of SSP paid for sickness absence due to Covid-19.  The reimbursement is limited to two weeks' SSP per eligible employee, and applies where the first day of incapacity due to coronavirus fell on or after 13 March 2020.  This includes cases where the employee has coronavirus, is self-isolating due to the risk of coronavirus, or is shielding because they have been advised that they are high risk.

Employers will be able to make their SSP claims through a new online service from 26 May.

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2020 extend entitlement to statutory sick pay to those who have been told to isolate under the new Test and Trace system.

A person who has been notified that they have had contact with a person with coronavirus and who has to self-isolate for 14 days as a result will be entitled to statutory sick pay.
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