Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

New legislation already in place to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to Coronavirus. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of Coronavirus
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible – the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
  • eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible, because currently it is not in practice!

Please Note!

The SSP is available for monthly or preiodic payroll, so please make sure to inform your payroll service provider for SSP!

For more information & how to apply, please click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/employers-sick-pay

SSP Support Tips

This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP

Employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.

The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible, because currently it is not in practice!

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible

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    Universal Credit - Employee's (PAYE) & Self Employed's

    Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs.

    You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

    Universal Credit is replacing the following benefits:

    • Child Tax Credit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
    • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Working Tax Credit

    For more information & how to apply, please click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

    Universal Credit

    Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs.

    You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

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    Universal Credit

    'New Style' Employment and Support Allowance with, or instead of Universal Credit

    The UK’s estimated five million Worker & Self-Employed are justifiably worried about what will happen to their income if they become ill due to the coronavirus.

    Workers / Freelancers and Self-Employeds do not have an employer security background such as an Employee that would provide them with sick pay (SSP).

    The government has announced special measures to provide financial support to Workers / Freelancers and Self-Employeds who are infected with the virus.

    Income Support Plan:

    Some MP’s and trade unions have called on the Government to pay similar to statutory sickness pay for Workers / Freelancers and Self-Employeds. The government has decided to support them through its Benefit & Universal Credit system.

    If you are ill or have a health condition or disability that limits your ability to work you may be able to get ‘New Style’ Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

    ‘New Style’ ESA is a fortnightly payment that can be claimed on its own or at the same time as Universal Credit (UC).

    ‘New Style’ ESA is a contributory benefit. Normally, this means you may be able to get it if you’ve paid and/or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions in the 2 full tax years before the year you’re claiming in.

    For more information & how to apply, please click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance

    ESA Support

    Self-Employeds do not have an employer security background such as an Employee that would provide them with sick pay (SSP).

    You may be able to apply if you’ve paid and/or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions in the 2 full tax years before the year you’re claiming in.

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    New Style ESA

    Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers are able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

    HMRC can reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

     

    Eligibility

    All UK businesses are eligible.

     

    How to access the scheme

    You will need to:

    • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
    • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)

    As this is valid from March 1st, 2020 (in the first announcement), the first payroll month will end on March 31st or April 5th, which will be submitted to the tax authorities by April 19th, 2020 at the latest.

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    All UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

    HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

    Designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change.

    Payroll Month

    Month will end on March 31st or April 5th, which will be submitted to the tax authorities by April 19th, 2020 at the latest.