COVID19 related Statutory Sick PayCOVID19 Statutory Sick Pay for your employees

To help both employees and employers through a period of rising Covid19 case numbers the Government re-introduced the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme just a few days before Christmas.
 
This is good news and provides some financial support for those affected.

It’s good for many employees (especially the low paid) because they’ll be paid Covid19 related Statutory Sick Pay (CRSSP) for up to 2 weeks of absence AND it will start from the first day they’re off.

It’s good too for the employers as they can reclaim 100% of the Covid19 related statutory sick pay back off HMRC so they are not financially out of pocket.
 
To make sure you, as the employer, don’t miss out here’s a summary of what you can claim AND how to claim it. 

WHAT YOU CAN CLAIM

A claim can be made for an employee who is unable to work due to one of the following 5 reasons;-

  1. has COVID symptoms
  2. self-isolating due to someone in their household having COVID
  3. self-isolating due to NHS track & trace
  4. shielding because they’re extremely vulnerable
  5. has been notified by NHS to self-isolate due to upcoming surgery

 
For each day of absence (up to a maximum of 2 weeks) an employee would be paid £19.27 per day (or £96.35 per week) AND the whole amount can be reclaimed by the employer.
 
If an employee is absent more than once for any one of the above 5 reasons then multiple claims (covering each period of absence) are allowed. Remember each claim is capped at two weeks per employee.
 
One important difference from ‘normal’ Statutory Sick Pay is that under COVID19 related Statutory Sick Pay there are no ‘waiting days’. That means CRSSP can be paid to an employee and reclaimed back by the employer on the first day of absence.
 
Any periods of absence after 21st December 2021 can be included in a claim. 

 HOW TO CLAIM

This can be done by accessing the employer’s online PAYE account with HMRC and then making the claim online.
A claim may also be made by the employer’s accountant – as long as they are the authorised agent for PAYE.
 

To make a claim you’ll need to input into the online claim form the following;-

  1. number of employees claiming
  2. total amount of sick pay claiming back
  3. gov gateway user ID & PW
  4. PAYE ref.
  5. contact details of employer
  6. bank details i.e. name on account, sort code, account number & address associated

 
And finally….

You can’t make a claim right now as the option to start a claim form is NOT yet showing on employers’ online PAYE accounts yet.

The latest HMRC guidance says that the claim system will be in place from ‘mid-January 2022’ and ‘further guidance will be available as soon as possible’. 

 

It is important that you take professional advice before making any decisions based on the information that you learnt here. While every effort has been made to make sure it is accurate it cannot be precisely tailored to your personal circumstances. This article is for general information only and no action should be taken, or refrained from, as a result of this information.  Professional advice should be taken based on specific circumstances in each individual case.  Whilst we endeavour to ensure that the information contained in the article is correct, no liability  will be accepted by KMA Accountancy which is a trading name of Kim Marlor Associates Ltd or damages of any kind arising from the contents of this communication, or for any action, inaction  or decision taken as a result of using any such information.

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