Statutory Paternity Pay

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)  is paid to an employee by their employer in the same way as wages. SPP is paid for one or two whole weeks taken continuously at the lower rate of £148.68 or 90% of Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) whichever is the lower.

Your employee has the right to choose when they want to take pay and leave within a set period.

SPP for birth should be taken:

  • any time up to 8 weeks after the date of birth or

  • if the baby was born early, up to 8 weeks after the Sunday of the week in which the baby was due

 

SPP for adoption should start:

  • on the date the child was placed, or the day after that if they were at work that day, or

  • at a predetermined date later than above, but ending not more than 8 weeks after the date the child is placed with the adopter.

 

To qualify the employee must:

  • give the right evidence 28 days before the start of the SPP pay period

  • have been continuously employed by you for at least 26 weeks into the Qualify Week or matching week and continue to work for you right up until the date the baby is born or the child is placed with the adopter

  • have average weekly earnings not less than £118 per week

  • normally give at least 28 days notice before they want to start to be paid Paternity Pay

You can calculate your employee's Statutory Paternity Pay using the GOV.UK calculator (click here).

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