Employers who had fewer than 250 staff on 28 February 2020 can claim back up to two weeks’ statutory sick pay paid to employees who were absent from work due to Coronavirus.
This covers absences where the employee had Coronavirus, was self-isolating because someone in their household had symptoms or was shielding. SSP paid to an employee while self-isolating prior to surgery can also be reclaimed.
Employees who are absent due to Coronavirus must be paid SSP from the first day that they are off – they do not need to serve the three waiting days first.
There are various loans and grants available to help businesses survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
The available support includes Bounce Back loans of between £2,000 and 25% of turnover, to a maximum of £50,000.