Family Friendly Payments Statutory Increases – April 2021

In December 2020, the Government published the proposed Statutory Rates for Family Friendly Payments which include Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay, Adoption Pay, Parental Bereavement Pay and Sick Pay from April 2021.

The Statutory increases normally occur on the first Sunday in April, which in 2021 will be Sunday 4 April.

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

For the first six weeks of Maternity, it is 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings.

For the remaining weeks your employees would be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay or 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20.

From 4 April 2021: £151.97

Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)

For the first six weeks, it is 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings.

For the remaining weeks your employees would be entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 or 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 4 April 2021: £151.97

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)

Paid for Two Weeks

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 or 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 4 April 2021: £151.97

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

From 6 April 2020: £95.85

From 4 April 2021: £96.35

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave

If an employee has a child which dies before they turn 18, or if they have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, they maybe entitled to Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave.

Your employee can take 2 weeks leave from the first day of employment for each child who has died or was still born if you’re eligible.

To check if your employee is eligible, please click on the below link: Eligibility for Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave

Your employee should receive either £151.20 a week or 90% of their weekly average earnings (whichever is lower).

For further information regarding the Family Friendly Payments Statutory increases, you can visit: Family Friendly Payments Statutory Increases

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Increases

Further information regarding the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases can be found at Latest News HR and You National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Increases. 

How we can support you

We can support you by implementing these changes into your business, by ensuring you have the correct policies and procedures added to your employee handbook. We can help support you through many aspects that arise in HR, allowing you to feel confident and rest assured that your employees are getting the correct information.

We are more than happy to discuss your needs further and offer you a free and no obligation consultation.

You can speak to a member of the team on 01254 467 156 email us at [email protected].

Author: Sophie Baker

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