Back in March, at the height of the pandemic, the Government passed an emergency COVID-19 Bill to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Bill allowed for employees to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from their first day off work for all coronavirus-related absences as opposed to the usual rules which only allowed for claims to be made from the fourth day.
The Government also introduced emergency legislation via a statutory instrument to amend the Statutory Sick Pay Regulations. The changes provided categories of people to be treated as incapable of work for the purposes of claiming SSP, including individuals who were unable to work because they had been advised to self-isolate or shield.
However, from the beginning of August, these amendments have been removed from the Regulation resulting in shielding employees being no longer eligible to receive SSP.
Those who were previously required to shield are now able to attend their places of work providing that their workplace is deemed COVID-secure. However, it is recommended that they continue to work from home if their situation allows them to do so.
Employers should look to facilitate a safe return to work for those employees by maintaining social distancing and hygiene standards in the workplace.
SSP & PayFit
Our app has been updated to include all legislation related to coronavirus-related absences meaning that there’s no need to do any manual calculations. There is also an “SSP report” section that allows app administrators to see how much they are able to reclaim from HMRC for SSP related to COVID-19 absences.
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