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Statutory pay

Payments may be required from an employer if an employee is not at work for a variety of reasons.

There are detailed conditions for an employee to qualify for any of these statutory payments.

One common condition is that employees are only eligible for a statutory payment if their pay averages the lower earnings limit.

Type Max payment period 2015 / 16¹ 2014 / 15¹
Statutory Sick Pay 28 weeks £88.45 £87.55
Statutory Maternity Pay First six weeks
Next 33 weeks
90% of weekly earnings
£139.58²
90% of weekly earnings
£138.18²
Statutory Paternity Pay 2 weeks £139.58² £138.18²
Statutory Adoption Pay 39 weeks £139.58² £138.18²
Shared Parental Pay 37 weeks £139.58²

Important Notes…
¹Average weekly earnings £112 or over (2014/15: £111)
²Or 90% of weekly earnings if lower.

Statutory Sick Pay

Payments may be required from an employer if an employee is too ill to work.

SSP is generally payable for a period up to 28 weeks.

Statutory Maternity Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off to have a baby.

SMP is payable for a period up to 39 weeks.

Statutory Paternity Pay

Ordinary

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off during their partner’s Statutory Maternity Pay period.

Payment is for a period of either one or two complete weeks.

Additional

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off following the return to work of their partner following a period of SMP.

Payment is for up to a maximum of 19 weeks and is dependent on the mother’s unused SMP period.

Additional Statutory Paternity Pay is replaced for babies due on or after 5 April 2015 by Shared Parental Pay.

Shared Parental Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off following the curtailment of the period of SMP by the mother.

Payment is for up to a maximum of 37 weeks and is dependent on the mother’s unused SMP period.

Statutory Adoption Pay

Payments may be required from an employer when an employee takes time off when they adopt a child.

Payment is for a period up to 39 weeks.

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