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Statutory Payments Manual

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) - general information: Paternity Pay Period (PPP)

PPP is the period for which SPP is payable.

The main features are:

  • it lasts for one or two complete weeks whether or not the employee intends to return to work for the liable employer after the birth of the baby (including through a surrogacy arrangement) or adoption of the child
  • if an employee is entitled to SPP from more than one employer each PPP could be different
  • it can start on any day of the week, depending upon the circumstances for birth and adoption
  • it must end within 56 days of the baby’s birth. If the baby is born early it can be taken any time between the actual date of birth and the end of the 56 days running from the day after the Sunday of the week the baby was originally due
  • it must end within 56 days of the placement of a child for adoption or the child’s entry into UK for adoption from abroad.
  • it ends if the employee starts work for a new employer after the start of the PPP
  • the employee is excluded from SPP for any weeks in which they are paid SSP
  • the employee is excluded from SPP for any week they are held in legal custody and for the following week if SPP would have been payable, see SPM200800