Coronavirus Updateby Computare on 03/16/20
In order to
reduce the spread of Coronavirus we will be operating slightly
differently from usual.
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 with checking your emails.
In addition to this, if you would normally be dropping your records to our office during this period please consider whether your paperwork is small enough to scan across to us via email. If you do not have access to a scanner, we will accept photographs of documents.
If you need to collect or drop physical records, we ask that you contact a member of our team to ensure this is done in the safest possible way.
Our aim is to keep the risk to both 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 please contact a member of our team and we would be more than happy to help you.