Welcome news to small employers.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced in the Spring Budget that small companies with less than 250 employees will receive a refund from the Government of any SSP paid to employees who are self-isolating for up to 14 days as a result of COVID-19. Statutory sick pay is currently paid at £94.25 per week.

At present, there is no time limit on how long this refund will be available for, but we presume it will apply for as long as the virus remains an active infectious disease. It applies to any employee who has been informed by 111 to self-isolate or has taken the decision based on government advice at the time.


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Author: Rafia Ahmad

Senior Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Rafia trained and qualified with Wedlake Bell LLP, a London City law firm where she was an employment solicitor for six years before moving to the fast paced trading floor of Cantor Fitzgerald LLP, a London based New York prime brokerage/investment bank as in-house employment counsel. Prior to joining ESP, Rafia was a senior employment solicitor for five years with Backhouse Jones, the UK’s number one national road transport law firm. She advises on all employment matters both contentious and non-contentious including tribunal proceedings.