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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

What support is there for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees?

Information about support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees.

The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small- and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to 2 weeks' SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19
     
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
     
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
     
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note

The eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home come into force. The Government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible.


You can read more information relating to COVID19 and businesses here.