The government’s updated Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme aims to support businesses by repaying employers who have outlaid statutory sick pay due to Coronavirus.

How Much Statutory Sick Pay Can You Claim?

You can only claim the current rate of SSP.

If you’re an employer who habitually pays more than this to employees, you can still only claim the current rate.

How Long Can You Claim Statutory Sick Pay For?

Up to 2 weeks from the first day of getting ill.

The employee must either:

  • have coronavirus
  • be self-isolating for coronavirus

Employees need not display a doctor’s note to prove their situation, but they should get an NHS isolation note, available here.


  • You must have had a payroll scheme in existence on or before 28 February 2020
  • you employ less than 250 staff as of 28 February 2020
  • any type of employment contract

What Records Should Your Company Keep if You’re Using the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme?

HMRC have made it clear they expect employees to keep records of:

  • why each employee could not work
  • details of the timings, including start date and return to work
  • how many qualifying SSP days you’re claiming for, per employee
  • the National Insurance numbers of the employees concerned

You’ll have to keep these records for at least 3 years following your claim.