SSP - Statutory Sick Pay

  • Can be paid for up to 140 days (28 weeks)
  • Always processed on Wednesday BACS (2 day clearing)
  • First 4 days are a “qualifying period” of which, the first 3 days are unpaid
  • We should be made aware of the employees first day of sickness within 7 days
  • Employee can send us “Employees statement of sickness” SC2 form for first week ( can find on HMRC website)
  • Sick periods exceeding 7 days will require sick note from doctor
  • SSP is currently £94.25 per week
  • It is a linked period of sickness if the employee is claiming SSP, goes back to work and is then is off sick again within 8 weeks. As this is “linked” we do not need to start the qualifying period again and is included with the 140 days maximum we can pay.
  • Always check if you are eligible for this statutory payment on your engagement type

SMP - Statutory Maternity Pay

  • Always processed on a Wednesday BACS (2 day clearing)
  • First 6 weeks pay is 90% of average weekly earnings
  • Following 33 weeks is £148.68 per week or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower)
  • Can be paid for up to 39 weeks
  • Must earn on average £118.00 per week
  • Must inform employer at least 15 weeks before the baby is due
  • Must provide MATB1 form as evidence – the midwife will give this to the expectant mother
  • We will write to the employee confirming if the claim is successful along with confirmation of pay dates
  • Always check if you are eligible for this statutory payment on your engagement type

SPP - Statutory Paternity Pay

  • Always processed on a Wednesday BACS (2 day clearing)
  • £148.68 per week or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower)
  • Can be paid for up to 2 weeks
  • Must earn on average £118.00 per week
  • Doesn’t have to be the father, i.e. can just be the mothers boyfriend/husband
  • Must inform employer at least 15 weeks before the baby is due
  • Must complete “Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave: becoming a birth parent” form, SC3, which can be found on HMRC’s website 
  • Always check if you are eligible for this statutory payment on your engagement type
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