Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United Kingdom, an employer was obliged to pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) at a flat rate of £96.35 for up to 28 weeks. The full cost of SSP was met by the employer.
However, in support of employers, the Government allowed certain small and medium-sized employers to claim some, if not all, SSP costs from HMRC via the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme!
But that all returns to normal from the 1st of October 2021, and any claims for SSPRS must be submitted before the 31st of December 2021. However, it seems that the requirement to wait for three days before SSP can be paid has not yet been repealed.
"It was implemented separately to encourage self-isolation if people felt ill during the pandemic!"
So, as far as I am aware, this means that employers will continue to pay SSP from day one, which makes Statutory Sick Pay more expensive than before the pandemic. I'll let you know if that changes.
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
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