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Temporary changes are being introduced to the Statutory Sick Pay scheme from 14 January 2022 to 24 March 2022. These apply for any employer with fewer than 250 employees.

Announced by the Chancellor in December the regulations have been named the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/5) and the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/9), which are both quite a mouthful!  They’re part of the latest support package for businesses affected by COVID-19.

The Regulations introduce a Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme across the United Kingdom.

Employers with fewer than 250 employees (as at 30 November 2021) can recover up to two weeks’ Statutory Sick Pay (£192.70) under certain circumstances.

This rebate is available for each employee who is off work suffering from COVID-19 or in self-isolation due to possible COVID-19 infection.

The scheme applies to any days of incapacity on or after 21 December 2021, including where the period of incapacity started before that date.

The scheme ends on 24 March 2022, which is the last date for claims to be submitted to HMRC.

A similar scheme was introduced in May 2020 and ended in September 2021. The financial limits under the new scheme are not affected by any payments previously claimed under the old scheme.


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