Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.
The government described it as a further boost to employers affected by the outbreak.
The scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, allows small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 members of staff, to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay for two weeks – worth nearly £200 per employee.
Launching on gov.uk, the new online service is being run by HMRC, and after making an application employers will receive the money within six working days.
To get the rebate, employers will need to go online and input simple information on the employees being claimed for.
The repayment will cover up to two weeks of SSP from either 13 March 2020, if an employee had coronavirus, symptoms or is self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms, or from 16 April 2020 if an employee was shielding because of coronavirus.