CIPP Quick Poll results: Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay guidance

20 May 2020

From 6 April 2020, a new entitlement to two weeks’ worth of leave was made available to employees who lose a child under the age of 18 or who have a child that is stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Subject to certain eligibility criteria, employees may also be entitled to two weeks’ worth of Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP). The CIPP’s Policy and Research team wanted to ask how easy payroll professionals have found using the guidance if they have been required to process SPBP.

The question asked – “Have you needed to process a payment of Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay - if so, how have you found the guidance?”

The responses were as follows:

Sufficiently detailed – 43%

Not detailed enough – 36%

Confusing – 21%

As we can see 43% of respondents are, so far, content with the current guidance but a number aren't and indeed find some elements confusing. We will continue to monitor your experiences with this new statutory entitlement and payment.

We continue to observe the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 to see if the legislation will be mirrored in Northern Ireland as SPBP is not currently available to employees with a contract of employment  made under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. As soon as there are any updates, the CIPP will inform members via News Online.

CIPP comment

If you have found the guidance relating to SPBP to be deficient in any way, please contact Samantha Mann Policy and research technical lead at [email protected] to share your views and experiences.


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