Paying & Reclaiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
For Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Article ID: 2025244 Last updated: 12 March 2020
The government has announced that Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or those who are unable to work because they are self-isolating in line with government advice. This is in addition to the change announced that SSP will be payable from day 1 instead of day 4 for affected individuals.
The government has additionally announced that they will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium sized businesses and employers (those with less than 250 employees) to reclaim up to 14 days SSP per employee for sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Details have not yet been announced about how COVID-19 related SSP will be reclaimed and we recommend that you keep updated with section 3.3 of the government's Support For Those Affected By COVID-19 document.
- Ensure that you keep clear and detailed records of SSP payments made to affected employees so that you can reclaim these payments once the method for doing so has been introduced.
- Government Support For Those Affected By COVID-19 <external link>
- COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses <external link>