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

This course has been developed to be delivered completely online, as such the one day content will be delivered across two consecutive half days. Materials will be released in advance of the course, and will be available to you through the CIPP online learning platform.

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Why you should attend

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.


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 you will learn

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 content

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

Prior learning required

Non essential.


However, it is preferential that delegates work in a payroll or HR role which gives exposure to the administration of statutory payments.



Continuing your learning

Introduction to Income tax & NICs

A working knowledge of PAYE & NICs is the central skillset that all payrollers must master. This course covers in-depth the rules for calculating both statutory deductions as well as the principles of processing starters and leavers correctly. You will leave the course with the ability to calculate gross to net pay manually.


Essential Additions to Payroll Basics

This course directly follows from this syllabus to cover a broad range of other subjects which all payroll administrators must competently grasp such as Student Loan Deductions, Court Orders, Auto-Enrolment, Real-Time Information, Year-End obligations and an introduction to Director’s NIC’s.


Revision Day: Introduction to statutory payments

Statutory payments are a detailed and often complex area of payroll that takes practice to refine and apply. This course applies the learning gained from this course in a variety of scenarios, enabling you to fully apply this subject in their workplace.


Introduction to Payroll

This comprehensive course covers the core skills required to administer the payroll function. From calculating gross pay and deciphering the differences between taxable and NICable pay, the course covers in-depth the methodologies for manually calculating income tax, NICs and Student Loan Deductions as well as an overview of other core payroll principles, including auto-enrolment, court orders and remittance reconciliations.


Holiday Pay & Leave

With numerous case law decisions and statutes affecting this subject, it has become a difficult provision to manage correctly, which usually falls to payroll and HR to jointly administer. Statutory payments interact and complicate holiday pay & leave entitlements, so HR & payroll professionals would benefit from this course which explains concisely the current rules and regulations on holiday pay & leave.