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Statutory Payments Manual

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Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Leave (ShPP/SPL) - general information: what is ShPP/SPL

Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Shared Parental Leave (SPL) are statutory entitlements for eligible parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015, or matched/placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. They replace the existing entitlements of Additional Paternity Leave (APL) and Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP).

Birth or adoptive fathers, or the mother’s or adopter’s partner of a child due to be born, or an adopted child placed with an adopter, on or before 4 April 2015 will be entitled to APL/ASPP subject to conditions of entitlement, see SPM150000.

SPL allows eligible parents flexibility to share leave between them, including taking leave at the same time and returning to work for periods in between periods of leave.

ShPP allows the mother or adopter to end their SMP or SAP early and the balance of pay can be shared between the parents.

Policy responsibility for the scheme rests with:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and

The Department for Employment & Learning (DELNI) in Northern Ireland