SSP Rebate Scheme closure coming into effect…
How will the SSP Rebate Scheme ending affect you. The Government has announced that England is “now living and managing” the risk of Covid-19. The phase for removing Covid-19 measures is underway. One of the measures put in place by the Government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, was to introduce the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (Scheme) to support small to medium sized employers. The Scheme currently allows employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in relation to Covid-19 related absences or periods of self-isolation. Covid-19 related absences or the requirement to self-isolate were triggered if an individual:
- Was experiencing Covid-19 symptoms;
- Had to isolate due to a household member experiencing symptoms;
- Had to isolate as a result of a positive Covid-19 test;
- Was contacted by NHS Test and Trace notifying them to isolate due to contact with a positive case; or
- Had to isolate for 14 days in advance of a hospital admission, procedure or surgery.
The Scheme amended the qualifying days for SSP and currently allows employees to receive SSP from day one of their Covid-19 related absence, rather than on day four. From 24th March 2022, the Scheme is ending.
What does this mean to you?
From 24th March 2022, employers will revert back to the pre-pandemic SSP rules for sickness absences and can pay employees SSP from the 4th qualifying day of sickness absence, as they did before. Employers will also no longer be able to recover SSP due to Covid-19 related absences or periods of self-isolation from the Government. This ties in with the planned removal to offer free general Covid-19 testing, such as lateral flow or PCR tests from 1st April 2022, and the removal of the requirement to self-isolate, which is already in place.
Employers will no doubt be wondering how this affects managing staff absence in light of these changes. As an employer you do still have a duty of care to your staff, particularly your more vulnerable staff members. If you have a question relating to the SSP Rebate scheme or to SSP in general or would like further information on how we can help you… Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558. Our Employment team is on hand to assist you with all you need to know. We’re here for you.