Payroll Advice – Additional Paternity Pay

Q.         One of our employees wants to know how many weeks can he take for Additional Paternity leave (ASPP).

A.         An employee can take a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 26 weeks leave; of the maximum 26 weeks only a maximum of 19 weeks will be paid, at the current rate of Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP). The remaining leave will be unpaid.

Q.         What is the Additional Statutory Paternity Pay rate?

A.         ASPP is currently £136.78 per week or 90% of the employee’s gross average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower.

Q.         We recently received a request for ASPP; what documents will the employee need to provide when applying?

A.         The employee will need to provide proof of the birth or adoption – e.g. a birth certificate or letter from the adoption agency.  Also you can ask for the contact details of their partner’s employer to check when their partner’s maternity pay ends.

Q.         When can the employee start Additional Paternity (ASPP) leave?

A.         Additional Paternity Leave and Pay can only start 20 weeks after the birth, adoption or child’s arrival in the UK if it was an overseas adoption. Leave and pay cannot be started before the mother of the child has returned to work and stopped receiving her statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance.

Q.         One of our employee’s is not eligible to receive ASPP, is there anything I need to do?

A.         The employer is required to write to the employee within 28 days of their ASPP request; in the letter include an ASPP1 form, and the employee can take it to the Job Centre Plus.

Q.         Are there any forms we can provide to the employee when applying for ASPP or ASP?

A.         The employer can provide the HMRC form SC7 to the employee when applying for ASPP or APL.