Coronavirus Updateby The Payroll Manager on 03/16/20
In order to
reduce the spread of Coronavirus we have closed the office.
We have been inundated with telephone calls so we ask at this time for contact via e-mail only so that we can catch up and deal with your questions. We will no longer be sending physical records by post. Please be vigilant by checking your e-mail regularly.
Send your starter and leaver forms and any other correspondence via scan and e-mail. If you do not have access to a scanner, we will accept photographs of documents in jpeg format.
Our aim is to keep the risk to our staff and clients to a minimum.
Understandably many of you will have questions regarding the treatment of your staff at this time. As this information is new and constantly changing, we ask that you refer to the advice published by HMRC on the following link:
As it stands, employees who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus, will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from the first day they are absent. Employees are allowed to self certify their sickness for the first 7 days, HMRC are encouraging employers to be flexible with regards to employee's providing medical evidence for any absence longer than 7 days.
It has been mentioned in the budget that employers of smaller businesses may be able to reclaim some of the SSP in the new tax year, however this is not applicable for SSP in the current tax year. Information on this reclaim has not yet been published.
If you have an employee who is off sick, we ask that we notify the member of staff who usually processes your payroll. They will need to know the employee's usual working pattern, the date their absense commenced and the date they returned to work.
Any employees who are absent due to other illnesses will still have to suffer the three-waiting days. We will also require a self-certification form for the first 7 days.
We will try to answer your queries to the best of our abilities but we urge you to contact either HMRC or ACAS first.
We appreciate your patience at this time.
If you have any worries contact the person who normally runs your payroll by e-mail and we will be more than happy to help you.