Payments under the University ShPP Scheme consist of two elements, statutory ShPP and contractual pay.
Statutory ShPP is paid at a statutory flat rate set by the government for up to 37 weeks within the 52 weeks following the birth or placement of the child. Some employees will be eligible for contractual pay, which is the pay that the University pays over and above the statutory minimum.
Statutory payments are incorporated into the full pay received under the University ShPP Scheme, for those who are eligible. Statutory ShPP is not paid in addition to full pay.
SPL and ShPP cannot commence until the end of the compulsory two-week maternity or adoption leave period.
If all the qualifying requirements are met, the employee will be eligible to receive the benefits of the University ShPP Scheme. Subject to how much maternity/adoption leave has been taken, and how leave and pay are shared between the parents, an employee may be entitled to (in chronological order of SPL):
- up to 24 weeks’ paid at the full rate of the employee's normal pay (only in the first 26 weeks following the birth/placement of the child);
- up to 13 weeks paid at the statutory rate of pay; and
- up to 13 weeks of unpaid leave.
If SPL is taken simultaneously by both parents, the entitlement to full pay is split evenly between them, ie up to 12 weeks each, and will be applied from the start of any block of SPL.
For example, if both parents go on SPL at the same time for 24 weeks following the compulsory two-week maternity/adoption leave period (ie 12 weeks for the mother/primary adopter and 12 weeks for the second parent), the employee of the University will only be entitled to full pay for the initial 12 weeks of that period, as their partner’s leave of 12 weeks will count towards the initial 24 week period upon which the entitlement to full pay is based. Where both parents are employees of the University, they would both be paid 12 weeks at their normal full rate of pay, which would add up to their maximum entitlement of 24 weeks of full pay.
In the case of a multiple birth or the adoption of more than one child, the parents are entitled to the same benefits as if they were having one child.