New increases in Statutory pay rates for Maternity, shared parental leave, paternity, adoption and sickness

The Government has published new statutory rates of pay that will come into effect in April 2018 as follows:-

Statutory Maternity Pay – this will increase from the current rate of £140.98 to £145.18 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if they earn less, and will take place on 1st April 2018.

Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay – this is also increasing from the current rate of £140.98 to £145.18 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if they earn less. This will also take effect on 1st April 2018.

Statutory Adoption pay is also increasing at the same rate from the current £140.98 to £145.18 on 1st April 2018.

Statutory Sick Pay is increasing from the current rate of £89.35 to £92.05 on 6th April 2018.

In relation to Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay the employee is entitled to 90% of their average weekly earnings for the first six weeks with the remaining pay payable at the new statutory rates.

It is also worth remembering that some employers are more generous than others and may have policies designed to retain staff. It may well be the position that some employers will therefore have enhanced contractual maternity, paternity and sick pay provisions.

For further information please contact Steven Eckett – Head of Employment

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