Small and medium-sized businesses will be able to claim money from the government to cover statutory sick pay that is paid to employees affected by Covid, the chancellor has said.

As well as concerns over protecting and caring for service users, the cost of sick pay is another big concern for the care industry, as care homes and care services face a wave of absences caused by the omicron variant of Covid.

The government is reintroducing the rebate scheme which ended on 30 September. It is part of a series of measures announced to support organisations affected by the new wave of infections.

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme means organisations with fewer than 250 employees will be reimbursed SSP for Covid-related absences. The amount covered is for up to two weeks per employee.

They will be eligible to make a claim from now and can make claims retrospectively from mid-January.

What are the sick pay rules?
  • Some workers’ contracts offer full pay to those off ill, albeit for a limited time.
  • If that time runs out, or if workers do not receive sick leave in the first place, they should receive SSP.
  • Employees should self-isolate for four days to be eligible for SSP, but are paid for every day they are self-isolating.
  • The self-employed are not eligible, but casual or agency workers are entitled to it.
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Read the full report provided by the BBC HERE.

Click HERE for government guidelines and information on ‘How to Claim Statutory Sick Pay’.