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Statutory sick pay rebate scheme reintroduced for small employers

10 January 2022
Issue: 4823 / Categories: News

The government will cover the cost of statutory sick pay for Covid-related absences for employers with fewer than 250 employees. The statutory sick pay rebate scheme was reintroduced as part of a £1bn support package for businesses affected by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Firms will be able to claim for up to two weeks’ coronavirus-related statutory sick pay under the scheme from 21 December 2021 and will be able to make claims retrospectively from mid-January.

Employers will be eligible for the scheme if:

  • they are UK-based;
  • they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021.
  • they had a PAYE payroll system on 30 November 2021; and
  • they have already paid their employees’ Covid-related statutory sick pay.

The government says it will keep the duration of the scheme under review.

Issue: 4823 / Categories: News
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