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From April 2021, the rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) has increased by 50 pence – from £95.85 to £96.35.
Employees should receive SSP if they are too ill to work or are requested not to come into work due to a contagious condition, such as the Coronavirus.
SSP is paid by employers for up to 28 weeks, but in the last year, many employers have been able to reclaim the costs of SSP via the dedicated Coronavirus rebate scheme.
The Government spokesman has said that there is a comprehensive package of financial support in place for workers who need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
This includes a £500 payment for those on the lowest incomes who have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Many employers pay more than the minimum level of statutory sick pay and employers with up to 250 staff can be reimbursed the cost of up to a fortnight’s statutory sick pay.
The current rules relating to SSP due to COVID-19 are as follows:
- Employees could get SSP if self-isolating because they or someone they live with has Coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive
- An employee has been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that they have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus
- Someone in an employee’s support bubble has Coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive
- An employee has been advised by a doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery.
If you would like assistance with managing your payroll in light of these changes, please contact our experienced payroll team.