Shared parental pay (birth)
Shared parental pay (birth)

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Shared parental pay (birth)
  • Who is eligible—general
  • Eligibility conditions for the mother
  • Curtailment of maternity pay period or maternity allowance period
  • Eligibility conditions for the father or partner
  • Meaning of employed earner and self-employed earner
  • Continuity of employment
  • Amount of shared parental pay available and when it may be claimed
  • Where shared parental pay is not payable
  • Service of notices
  • more

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: A proposed new statutory rate for Shared Parental Pay (SPP) which will be effective from April 2020 has been published by the government. It is £151.20 per week. For more information, see: Rates of SMP, SSP, Maternity Allowance etc to be increased in April 2020 (9/1/20).
FORTHCOMING CHANGE: Proposed new National Insurance contribution (NIC) rates, limits and thresholds, to take effect from 6 April 2020, have been published in draft form by the government. For the purposes of SPP entitlement, the proposed lower earnings limit from April 2020 will be £120 (increased from £118). For more information, see: LNB News 31/01/2020 51.

This Practice Note explains the shared parental pay (SPP) regime that applies in relation to the birth of a child.

The legislation underpinning shared parental pay (the Shared Parental Pay (General) Regulations 2014) took effect on 1 December 2014.

Guidance documentation, as well as certain template materials, have been produced by Acas: see Acas materials on shared parental leave and pay.

BIS has also produced a detailed 66-page guidance document, aimed at employers. See:

Employers' Technical Guide to Shared Parental Leave and Pay, BIS, December 2014 (updated March 2015)

As well as giving guidance on the shared parental leave and pay system