UK: Introduction to statutory payments

UK: Introduction to statutory payments

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    United Kingdom

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Administering statutory leave entitlement and the associated pay provisions can be complicated but are an essential arena for organisations to operate correctly and efficiently.

Aimed at payroll and HR professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience, this course covers in-depth the rules and regulations for SSP, SMP, SAP, SSP and their associated statutory leave provisions. It also provides an introductory overview of ShPP and SPL. Furthermore, the syllabus explains how these statutory provisions should interact with occupational pay and leave organisations may additionally provide.

This course forms part of the face-to-face delivery option for the Payroll Technician Certificate. But it can also be attended as a stand-alone course, or as a natural follow-on from the Introduction to Payroll course.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for delegates that have the following suggested roles:


  • Payroll administrators
  • Payroll co-ordinators
  • HR administrators
  • HR co-ordinators
  • Payroll supervisors

    And you may be working in either:


  • A payroll bureau
  • Accountancy firm
  • In-house payroll team

  • What will you achieve?

    To teach you the rules and regulations of statutory payments and leave so they can administer their provision correctly and with confidence.

    Identify entitlement to:

    • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
    • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) & Statutory Maternity Leave (SML)
    • Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) & Statutory Adoption Leave (SAL)
    • Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) & Statutory Paternity Leave
    • Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) & Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
    • Calculate statutory payments
    • Comply with statutory requirements for statutory payments.

        Course Trainers

        • Fiona Smith

          Before joining the CIPP as a full-time trainer in September 2019, Fiona worked in payroll in different organisations for over 9 years including her role as Assistant Group Payroll Manager for Breedon Group Services, the UK’s largest independent construction materials firm. Fiona holds the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management and the CIPD Diploma in HR Management and uses the knowledge gained in both of these within her training role to ensure that CIPP members have the information, skills and knowledge they need to keep up to date with the ever-changing payroll obligations.

        What will be covered?

        Statutory payment compliance:

        • Overview of HMRC’s compliance role with statutory payments
        • Outlining the arbitration route with statutory payment decisions

        Statutory Sick Pay (SSP):

        • Determining employees eligible for SSP
        • Interpreting Periods of Incapacity to Work, Qualifying Days & Waiting Days
        • Calculating SSP payments
        • Outlining record keeping requirements for SSP

        Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP):

        • Determining employees eligible for SMP
        • Interpreting Week Baby Due, Qualifying Weeks and Employment Start Dates
        • Calculating SMP payments
        • Identifying contractual considerations for employees on maternity leave
        • Outlining record keeping requirements for SMP

        Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP):

        • Determining employees eligible for SAP
        • Calculating SAP payments

        Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP):

        • Determining employees eligible for SPP
        • Calculating SPP payments

        Shared Parental Pay (ShPP): 

        • Overview of the principles of ShPP

          The legislation for statutory sick, maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and associated leave, is complex and covered in detail in this informative course.