OSPP is paid to partners who take time off to care for the baby or support the mother in the first few weeks after the birth. OSPP was previously known as Statutory Paternity Pay.

  • A biological father
  • A partner/husband or civil partner who is not the baby’s biological father
  • A mother’s female partner in a same-sex couple

The partner must have:

  • Given 28 days notice of their paternity leave (unless with good reason)
  • Provided a declaration of family commitment on form SC3
  • Been employed continuously for 26 weeks up to and including their qualifying week
  • Had average weekly earnings above the Lower Earnings Limit in the relevant period.

The Amount Payable Under Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP)

OSPP is payable for a maximum of 2 weeks, it must be taken as a block either 1 week or a complete fortnight but not 2 single weeks at the following rates:the lower of: 90% of AWE, £139.58 for 2015/16 (£138.18 for 2014/15).

OSPP is treated as normal pay.The calculation of average weekly earnings and the recovery of OSPP are subject to the same rules as for SMP. With effect from 1st October 2014, fathers will have the right to take unpaid leave to attend up to two antenatal appointments.

Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

New rights to Shared Parental Leave are available to parents whose babies are due on or after 5 April 2015. In the case of adoptions SPL will apply in relation to children matched with a person or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.Employed mothers are still entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave.

The mother can curtail her right to SMP and leave and opt to take ShPL and Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). SPL and ShPP will be available provided the parents satisfy the eligibility requirements.

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