Latest Coronavirus Update – June 2020: With 28 new additional staff members and a new Furlough Portal built we are starting to make inroads into the influx of work that Coronavirus has created for the business.

The immediate challenge is making sure all of our customer’s July quarterly tax bill is up to date and accurate, and for those customers who have requested Furlough that these requests have been processed. To ensure this vital workstream has our team’s full focus, we have temporarily closed our phone lines for 2 weeks, starting from Monday 8th June, reopening on Monday 22nd June 2020. In these 2 weeks we will also strive to get as many emails answered and payroll changes made to our customer’s accounts.

Whilst our phone lines will be closed, we are very much open and you can contact us via email, if it is about the Furlough scheme email covid19queries@stafftax.co.uk or if it is a general payroll query or request email info@stafftax.co.uk  To read all our latest Covid-19/Furlough related FAQs click here. To access our newly built Furlough Portal click here

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Statutory Sick Pay

You are required to administer Statutory Sick Pay when your employee is absent from work due to sickness.

How much is Statutory Sick Pay and how is it paid?

The 2020-21 rate of SSP is £95.85 gross per week and is paid the same way as the employees normally salary (weekly or monthly). A payslip should be provided detailing the SSP and both Tax and National Insurance will be deducted in the usual way.

When is it paid?

It is not paid for the first three consecutive working days of illness (not including weekends or days not normally worked). These three days are known as 'waiting days' and any payment of salary to the employee for these days is at the employer's discretion. On the fourth consecutive day Statutory Sick Pay is paid instead of, or as part of, the employee's normal rate of pay, for up to 28 weeks.

Who Can and Cannot Qualify

To qualify employees must have been ill for at least 4 days in a row, be earning at least the Lower Earnings Limit, and inform their employer of their illness within seven days or by their employer's deadline (if they have one stipulated in the Employment Contract).

Employees cannot qualify if they have received the maximum amount of Statutory Sick Pay (28 weeks), they have taken three years or more 'linked periods' of sickness – where four or more days of sickness happen within eight weeks of each other continually – or if they are receiving Statutory Maternity Pay.

Need support managing Statutory Sick Pay?

Stafftax can advise on this matter and administer for you as part of your subscription.

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