Paying Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Eligibility: UK based SMEs with less than 250 employees at 28th February 2020. Employer should maintain record of staff absence (no GP "fit to work" required)
How to access: Rebate scheme in development (TBC)
A number of measures have been announced. All employees who self-isolate will be able to claim SSP and, as a temporary measure, SSP claims can be made from Day 1 rather than Day 4 of illness. Employees who are caring for someone who is self-isolating will also be able to claim SSP on this basis.
Businesses with fewer than 250 employees as at 28 February 2020 will be able to reclaim SSP expenditure up to a maximum of two weeks per employee from the government. Details of the reclaim method have not been announced, but it is expected that the government will confirm that employers will claim by offsetting any amount