Qualifying parents can receive a maximum of 37 weeks of statutory shared parental pay (SSPP) (after taking the compulsory 2 weeks of their maternity pay or maternity allowance).
To receive SSPP the mother must end their 39 weeks' maternity pay or maternity allowance early. The remaining amount can then be used to receive SSPP for her and/or her partner while taking shared parental leave (SPL). The standard rate of SSPP is £145.18 from 1 April 2018.
You must also be given a notice of the employee's entitlement to take SSPP.
An employee will be entitled to SSPP if:
If they're entitled to receive SSPP, you'll need to pay a weekly flat rate. The amount usually changes every April – see thefor the amount. You'll need to pay this amount unless the terms of their employment contract states otherwise.
Parents adopting a child are also entitled to SSPP, and the above requirements also apply to the main adopter and their partner.
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