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Statutory Sick Pay & SSP Relief COVID-19 Measures

Statutory Sick Pay & SSP Relief COVID-19 Measures

Covid-19 Business support information update on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) & SSP Relief


Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)


  • People who cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for SSP will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness


  • SSP will be payable to people staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected


  • If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they can get it from NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a fit note from their doctor


  • Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor applied for a period of time while affected


Date available: Retrospectively from 13 March 2020

Application process: Directly with employer - here's the link to the Government COVID-19: guidance for employees on Sick Pay, SSP Start Date, etc


Statutory Sick Pay Relief Package for SMEs


  • This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who are either ill or been told to self-isolate.


  • Employers with <250 employees (as of 28 February) can reclaim SSP for employees unable to work due to coronavirus. Refund will be for up to two weeks per employee.


Date available: Retrospectively from 13 March 2020

Application process: Government will work with employers to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible



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