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The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) helps employers with fewer than 250 employees by reimbursing them for the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for coronavirus-related absences for up to two weeks per employee.

Employers will need to based in the UK, have fewer than 250 employees and a payroll scheme in place at the end of November 2021 and already paid SSP to employees. Claims extend to employees who have previously benefitted under the earlier version of the scheme.

The scheme will close on 17th ‌‌‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022. Your will have until 24th ‌‌‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022 to submit any new claims for absence periods up to 17‌‌‌th ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022, or to amend claims that have already been submitted. You will no longer be able to claim back SSPRS for your employees’ coronavirus-related absences or self-isolation that occur after 17‌‌‌th ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022.  

In the meantime We would encourage affected employers to maintain records in support of a claim which must be kept for three years after receipt of a payment under the scheme, and in a format in which they can be provided to HMRC and are as follows:

In the meantime we would encourage affected employers to maintain records in support of a claim which must be kept for three years after receipt of a payment under the scheme, and in a format in which they can be provided to HMRC and are as follows:

  • The dates the employee was off sick
  • Which of those dates were qualifying days
  • The reason they said they were off work due to COVID-19
  • The employee’s National Insurance number

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Date published 21 Dec 2021 | Last updated 28 Feb 2022

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