Advise an employee on qualifying criteria for statutory shared parental pay

Key points

  • There is a two-stage test for eligibility for statutory shared parental pay: an employee must be eligible in his or her own right and the employee's partner must also meet certain eligibility requirements.
  • If the couple meet the qualifying criteria, the mother or main adopter can reduce his or her statutory maternity pay or statutory adoption pay period, by giving a curtailment notice to his or her employer, leaving up to 37 weeks' shared parental pay to share with his or her partner.
  • The qualifying criteria for statutory shared parental pay include a minimum earnings level and continuous service requirement.

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