You will qualify for Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if one of the following applies:
- you qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay
- you qualify for Statutory Paternity Pay and have a partner who qualifies for Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance or Statutory Adoption Pay
It will be for the mother or adopter to decide whether to just use their maternity or adoption entitlement or use Shared Parental Leave (SPL) at some point. However, a mother or adopter does not have to have actually ended their maternity or adoption entitlements for Shared Parental Leave to start for their partner. Provided the mother or adopter has given advance notice reducing their maternity or adoption entitlements their partner can start to take Shared Parental Leave. This means their partner could begin to take Shared Parental Leave while the mother or adopter is still on maternity or adoption leave.
Sometimes only one parent in a couple is eligible to get Shared Parental Leave and Statutory Shared Parental Pay. This means that they can’t share the leave between them.
If you’re eligible then you can use Shared Parental Leave to book your leave in separate blocks even if your partner can’t share it.
How much is Statutory Shared Parental Pay?
From 5 April 2015, Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) will be paid at £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
This is the same as Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) except that during the first 6 weeks SMP is paid at 90% of whatever you earn (with no maximum).
If the mother or adopter curtails their entitlement to maternity/adoption pay or maternity allowance before they have used their full entitlement, then Statutory Shared Parental Pay can be claimed for any remaining weeks.
To qualify for Statutory Shared Parental Pay a parent must, as well as passing the continuity of employment test also have earned an average salary of the lower earnings limit of £112 for the 8 weeks’ prior to the 15th week before the expected due date or matching date. Like Shared Parental Leave (SPL), the other parent in the family must meet the employment and earnings test.
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