The Government has announced the proposed statutory rates for 2022, this covers statutory sick pay, statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, parental bereavement and shared parental payments from April 2022.
The rate for 2022/23 for statutory maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), adoption (SAP), parental bereavement (SPBP) and shared parental pay (SShPP) is set to increase from £151.97 to £156.66 per week. The rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) is also set to increase from £96.35 to £99.35 per week.
The average earnings an employee has to earn to be entitled to these payments is set to increase from £120 to £123, this will be the first change in two years.
Exact dates of implementation are yet to be confirmed, and they do not all usually increase on the same date as each other. It is expected that SMP, SPP etc will increase on 3 April and SSP on 6 April 2022.
Employers who have employees on sickness absence, or maternity leave, etc in the run up to April 2022, must factor in the increases for these employees where their absence continues past the rate change date. Employees going on statutory leave after the rate change date will need to be paid the new rate.
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