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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020. Read More...

Apprenticeships soften pandemic blow to employment for young people

08 July 2020

As part of today’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, apprenticeships are to receive a huge boost from the UK Government's measures to grow jobs and strengthen the economy. Read More...

Government introduces Job Retention Scheme

08 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, launched today, 8 July, a new scheme to encourage business to keep furloughed workers providing a £1,000 one-off payment to UK employers for every employee they bring back from furlough, who remains in employment until the end of January 2021. Read More...

More support for Universal Credit announced in Summer Statement

08 July 2020

In his Summer Statement today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that millions of people are moving onto Universal Credit because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government will double the number of Work Coaches in Job Centres. Read More...

SSP reimbursement now available

Tuesday 26 May 2020

The Government has announced that employers in England can claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reimbursement from today, Tuesday 26 May 2020 which form part of their financial support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulations entitle employers with fewer than 250 employees (as of 28 February 2020) to apply to HMRC for reimbursement of SSP paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Reclaiming SSP

Employers can reclaim up to 2 weeks’ SSP if all of the following apply:

  • An employee was off work because they had Coronavirus, were self-isolating or shielding.
  • PAYE payroll scheme started on or before 28 February 2020.
  • Have fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020.

Employers can reclaim up to £95.85 a week for each employee but cannot reclaim SSP if an employee is off sick for any other reason.

If an employee is off work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Employers must pay an employee SSP if they are off work for at least four days because either:

  • they have Coronavirus symptoms
  • they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • they have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks (called ‘shielding’)

Employers must pay employees from the first ‘qualifying day’ (a day which an employee usually works on) they are off work if the period of sickness started on or after:

  • 13 March 2020 – if an employee has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • 16 April 2020 – if an employee is shielding

Employees do not have to provide a sick note, but employers can ask them to provide either an isolation note from NHS 111, or an NHS/GP letter telling them to stay home for 12 weeks because they are at high risk of severe illness from Coronavirus.

Reclaim SSP

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