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Gain the practical skills to administer standard UK statutory leave and pay.

This practical one-day programme uses a variety of realistic examples and exercises designed to give you a basic working knowledge of this complex area, including the factors you need to take into account to ensure full compliance. The course includes the changes resulting from the introduction of Shared Parental Leave.

It can be taken as a stand-alone course or as Day 2 of the Payroll Technician course which can lead towards the Pearson BTEC/Edexcel Certificate Level 3 in Payroll Techniques.

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

CPD 6hrs


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



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Ideal if you have little or no experience of current UK statutory pay and leave provisions. You may be new to payroll or HR, returning after a break or just providing absence cover. 

Alternatively, if you are competent in using a computerised payroll but lack manual experience, this course will provide an understanding of what your payroll software is actually doing!

By the end of this workshop you will be able to accurately determine entitlement to each of the statutory payments:

  • Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) including maternity leave and other rights
  • Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay (ShPP)
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

In addition, you will be able to explain exactly how payments are calculated and what rights employees have during any of the statutory leave periods.

Statutory Maternity Pay

  • Form MATB1, and key dates for entitlement
  • Requirements for notification, qualifying service, and calculating average earnings
  • Other key factors, including:
  • Effect of early birth
  • Pregnancy-related absence
  • Working for more than one employer
  • When to start paying SMP
  • How to calculate the SMP to be paid
  • How much to recover
  • Understanding the notice requirements
  • How to complete forms SMP1 and SMP2

Maternity rights

  • Entitlement to and differences between Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) and Additional Maternity Leave (AML):
    • Notice periods
    • Terms and conditions during leave
    • Right to return to same job or not

Statutory Adoption Pay and Leave

  • Brief overview of Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay

Parental Leave and time off for dependants

  • Brief overview of parental leave and time off for dependents

Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave

  • How to determine the key dates
  • Entitlement to SPP, the requirements for notification and evidence, qualifying service
  • Calculating average earnings
  • Other key factors:
    • When SSP overrides SPP
    • Early birth
    • Working for another employer
    • When to start paying SPP
    • How much SPP to pay
    • SPP1

Overview of Shared Parental Leave and Pay

  • Eligibility criteria for shared parental leave and pay
  • Notice requirements
  • Qualifying criteria
  • Rate of ShPP

Statutory Sick Pay

  • Defining a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW)
  • Linking of PIWs
  • Defining Qualifying Days (QD)
  • Defining Waiting Days (WD)
  • The use of self-certificates and the provision of medical evidence
  • Calculating average earnings
  • Making decisions on entitlement and exclusion
  • How to complete form SSP1
  • Step-by-step calculations, plus examples and exercises, with tutor assistance

Calculation of SPP, SSP, SMP, ShPP and maternity leave

  • Step-by-step calculations, examples and exercises, assisted by the tutor

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

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"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service