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Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

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PART 2SHARED RIGHTS TO LEAVE AND PAY

Shared parental leave

Shared parental leave

2.—(1) The Employment Rights Order is amended as follows.

(2) In Part 9, after Article 107D insert—

CHAPTER 1BSHARED PARENTAL LEAVE
Entitlement to shared parental leave: birth

107E.(1) The Department may make regulations entitling an employee who satisfies specified conditions—

(a)as to duration of employment,

(b)as to being, or expecting to be, the mother of a child,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with another person (“P”), for the child,

(d)as to entitlement to maternity leave,

(e)as to the exercise of that entitlement and the extent of any such exercise,

(f)as to giving notice of an intention to exercise an entitlement to leave under this paragraph, and

(g)as to the consent of P to the amount of leave under this paragraph that the employee intends to take,

to be absent from work on leave under this paragraph for the purpose of caring for the child.

(2) Regulations under paragraph (1) may provide that the employee’s entitlement is subject to the satisfaction by P of specified conditions—

(a)as to employment or self-employment,

(b)as to having earnings of a specified amount for a specified period,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with the employee, for the child, and

(d)as to relationship with the child or the employee.

(3) Provision under paragraph (1)(f) may require the employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the amount of leave to which the employee would be entitled if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of P to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (4) or to statutory shared parental pay),

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which P intends to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (4) or to statutory shared parental pay.

(4) The Department may make regulations entitling an employee who satisfies specified conditions—

(a)as to duration of employment,

(b)as to relationship with a child or expected child or with the child’s mother,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with the child’s mother, for the child,

(d)as to giving notice of an intention to exercise an entitlement to leave under this paragraph, and

(e)as to the consent of the child’s mother to the amount of leave under this paragraph that the employee intends to take,

to be absent from work on leave under this paragraph for the purpose of caring for the child.

(5) Regulations under paragraph (4) may provide that the employee’s entitlement is subject to the satisfaction by the child’s mother of specified conditions—

(a)as to employment or self-employment,

(b)as to having earnings of a specified amount for a specified period,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with the employee, for the child,

(d)as to entitlement (or lack of entitlement) to maternity leave, statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance, and

(e)as to the exercise of any such entitlement and the extent of any such exercise.

(6) Provision under paragraph (4)(d) may require the employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the amount of leave to which the employee would be entitled if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of the child’s mother to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (1) or to statutory shared parental pay),

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which the child’s mother intends to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (1) or to statutory shared parental pay.

(7) In this Article and Articles 107F to 107K and 107M, “specified” means specified for the time being in regulations made under the Article concerned.

Entitlement to leave under Article 107E: further provision

107F.(1) Regulations under Article 107E are to include provision for determining—

(a)the amount of leave under Article 107E(1) or (4) to which an employee is entitled in respect of a child,

(b)when leave under Article 107E(1) or (4) may be taken.

(2) Provision under paragraph (1)(a) is to secure that the amount of leave to which an employee is entitled in respect of a child does not exceed—

(a)in a case where the child’s mother became entitled to maternity leave, the relevant amount of time reduced by—

(i)where her maternity leave ends without her ordinary or additional maternity leave period having been curtailed by virtue of Article 103(3)(ba) or 105(3)(a), the amount of maternity leave taken by the child’s mother, or

(ii)except where sub-paragraph (a)(i) applies, the amount of time between the beginning of her maternity leave and the time when her ordinary or additional maternity leave period, as curtailed by virtue of Article 103(3)(ba) or 105(3)(a), comes to an end,

(b)in a case where the child’s mother became entitled to statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance but not maternity leave, the relevant amount of time reduced by an amount determined in accordance with paragraph (a) or, as the case may be, paragraph (b) of section 167ZV(2) of the Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

(3) In paragraph (2) “the relevant amount of time” means an amount of time specified in or determined in accordance with regulations under Article 107E.

(4) Provision under paragraph (1)(a) is to secure that the amount of leave that an employee is entitled to take in respect of a child takes into account—

(a)in a case where another person is entitled to leave under Article 107E in respect of the child, the amount of such leave taken by the other person,

(b)in a case where another person is entitled to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child but not leave under Article 107E, the number of weeks in respect of which such pay is payable to the other person.

(5) In reckoning for the purposes of paragraph (2) the amount of maternity leave taken, a part of a week is to be treated as a full week.

(6) In reckoning for the purposes of paragraph (4) the amount of leave under Article 107E taken during a period of such leave, a part of a week is to be treated as a full week.

(7) Provision under paragraph (1)(b) is to secure that leave under Article 107E must be taken before the end of such period as may be specified.

(8) Regulations under Article 107E are to provide for the taking of leave under that Article in a single period or in non-consecutive periods.

(9) Regulations under that Article may—

(a)provide for an employer, subject to such restrictions as may be specified, to require an employee who proposes to take non-consecutive periods of leave under that Article to take that amount of leave as a single period of leave,

(b)provide for a single period of leave that is so imposed on an employee to start with a day proposed by the employee or, if no day is proposed, with the first day of the first period of leave proposed by the employee.

(10) Regulations under Article 107E may provide for the variation, subject to such restrictions as may be specified, of—

(a)the period or periods during which an amount of leave under Article 107E may be taken,

(b)the amount of leave under Article 107E that the employee previously specified in accordance with provision by virtue of—

(i)Article 107E(3)(b) or (6)(b), or

(ii)paragraph (13)(b).

(11) Provision under paragraph (10)(a) may provide for variation to besubject to the consent of an employer in specified circumstances.

(12) Provision under paragraph (10)(b) may require an employee to satisfy specified conditions—

(a)as to giving notice of an intention to vary the amount of leave under Article 107E to be taken by the employee,

(b)if the employee proposes to vary the amount of leave under Article 107E(1) to be taken by the employee, as to the consent of P to that variation,

(c)if the employee proposes to vary the amount of leave under Article 107E(4) to be taken by the employee, as to the consent of the child’s mother to that variation.

(13) Provision under paragraph (12)(a) may require an employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the extent to which the employee has exercised an entitlement to leave under Article 107E(1) or (4) in respect of the child,

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which a person other than the employee has exercised an entitlement to leave under Article 107E or to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(d)the extent to which a person other than the employee intends to exercise such an entitlement.

(14) Regulations under Article 107E may—

(a)specify things which are, or are not, to be taken as done for the purpose of caring for a child,

(b)make provision excluding the right to be absent on leave under Article 107E in respect of a child where more than one child is born as a result of the same pregnancy,

(c)specify a minimum amount of leave under Article 107E which may be taken,

(d)make provision about how leave under Article 107E may be taken,

(e)specify circumstances in which an employee may work for the employer during a period of leave under Article 107E without bringing the particular period of leave, or the employee’s entitlement to leave under Article 107E, to an end,

(f)specify circumstances in which an employee may be absent on leave under Article 107E otherwise than for the purpose of caring for a child without bringing the person’s entitlement to leave under Article 107E to an end.

(15) In this Article, “week” means any period of seven days.

(16) The Department may by regulations provide that the following do not have effect, or have effect with specified modifications, in a case where the mother of a child dies before another person has become entitled to leave under Article 107E in respect of the child—

(a)Article 107E(4)(b), (c) and (e),

(b)Article 107E(5),

(c)Article 107E(6)(c),

(d)paragraph (12)(c),

(e)paragraph (13)(c) and (d).

Entitlement to shared parental leave: adoption

107G.(1) The Department may make regulations entitling an employee who satisfies specified conditions—

(a)as to duration of employment,

(b)as to being a person with whom a child is, or is expected to be, placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with another person (“P”), for the child,

(d)as to entitlement to adoption leave,

(e)as to the exercise of that entitlement and the extent of any such exercise,

(f)as to giving notice of an intention to exercise an entitlement to leave under this paragraph, and

(g)as to the consent of P to the amount of leave under this paragraph that the employee intends to take,

to be absent from work on leave under this paragraph for the purpose of caring for the child.

(2) Regulations under paragraph (1) may provide that the employee’s entitlement is subject to the satisfaction by P of specified conditions—

(a)as to employment or self-employment,

(b)as to having earnings of a specified amount for a specified period,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with the employee, for the child, and

(d)as to relationship with the child or the employee.

(3) Provision under paragraph (1)(f) may require the employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the amount of leave to which the employee would be entitled if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of P to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (4) or to statutory shared parental pay),

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which P intends to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (4) or to statutory shared parental pay.

(4) The Department may make regulations entitling an employee who satisfies specified conditions—

(a)as to duration of employment,

(b)as to relationship with a child placed, or expected to be placed, for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or with a person (“A”) with whom the child is, or is expected to be, so placed,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with A, for the child,

(d)as to giving notice of an intention to exercise an entitlement to leave under this paragraph, and

(e)as to the consent of A to the amount of leave under this paragraph that the employee intends to take,

to be absent from work on leave under this paragraph for the purpose of caring for the child.

(5) Regulations under paragraph (4) may provide that the employee’s entitlement is subject to the satisfaction by A of specified conditions—

(a)as to employment or self-employment,

(b)as to having earnings of a specified amount for a specified period,

(c)as to caring or intending to care, with the employee, for the child,

(d)as to entitlement (or lack of entitlement) to adoption leave or statutory adoption pay, and

(e)as to the exercise of any such entitlement and the extent of any such exercise.

(6) Provision under paragraph (4)(d) may require the employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the amount of leave to which the employee would be entitled if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of A to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (1) or to statutory shared parental pay),

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which A intends to exercise an entitlement to leave under paragraph (1) or to statutory shared parental pay.

Entitlement to shared parental leave: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

107H.(1) Regulations made under Article 107G(1) and (4) are to include provision for leave in respect of a child who is looked after by an authority and who is to be, or is expected to be, placed by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), with an approved foster parent who is also an approved prospective adopter.

(2) The circumstances are that—

(a)the authority—

(i)is considering adoption for the child, or

(ii)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child, and

(b)such conditions as may be specified are satisfied.

(3) Regulations made under Article 107G(1) and (4) are to provide for Articles 107G and 107I to have effect, in relation to provision made by virtue of paragraph (1), as if references to a child being placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom were such references as may be specified.

(4) In this Article, “approved foster parent”, “approved prospective adopter”, “authority” and “child who is looked after by an authority” have the same meaning as in Article 107AB.

Regulations under Article 107G: further provision

107I.(1) Regulations under Article 107G are to include provision for determining—

(a)the amount of leave under Article 107G(1) or (4) to which an employee is entitled in respect of a child,

(b)when leave under Article 107G(1) or (4) may be taken.

(2) Provision under paragraph (1)(a) is to secure that the amount of leave to which an employee is entitled in respect of a child does not exceed—

(a)in a case where a person with whom the child is, or is expected to be, placed for adoption became entitled to adoption leave, the relevant amount of time reduced by—

(i)where the person’s adoption leave ends without the person’s ordinary or additional adoption leave period having been curtailed by virtue of Article 107A(2A)(a) or 107B(3)(a), the amount of adoption leave taken by that person, or

(ii)except where sub-paragraph (a)(i) applies, the amount of time between the beginning of the person’s adoption leave and the time when the person’s ordinary or additional adoption leave period, as curtailed by virtue of Article 107A(2A)(a) or 107(3)(a), comes to an end,

(b)in a case where a person with whom the child is, or is expected to be, placed for adoption became entitled to statutory adoption pay but not adoption leave, the relevant amount of time reduced by an amount determined in accordance with paragraph (a) or, as the case may be, paragraph (b) of section 167ZX(2) of the Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

(3) In paragraph (2) “the relevant amount of time” means an amount of time specified in or determined in accordance with regulations under Article 107G.

(4) Provision under paragraph (1)(a) is to secure that the amount of leave that an employee is entitled to take in respect of a child takes into account—

(a)in a case where another person is entitled to leave under Article 107G in respect of the child, the amount of such leave taken by the other person,

(b)in a case where another person is entitled to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child but not leave under Article 107G, the number of weeks in respect of which such pay is payable to the other person.

(5) In reckoning for the purposes of paragraph (2) the amount of adoption leave taken, a part of a week is to be treated as a full week.

(6) In reckoning for the purposes of paragraph (4) the amount of leave under Article 107G taken during a period of such leave, a part of a week is to be treated as a full week.

(7) Provision under paragraph (1)(b) is to secure that leave under Article 107G must be taken before the end of such period as may be specified.

(8) Regulations under Article 107G are to provide for the taking of leave under that Article in a single period or in non-consecutive periods.

(9) Regulations under Article 107G may—

(a)provide for an employer, subject to such restrictions as may be specified, to require an employee who proposes to take non-consecutive periods of leave under Article 107G to take that amount of leave as a single period of leave, and

(b)provide for a single period of leave that is so imposed on an employee to start with a day proposed by the employee or, if no day is proposed, with the first day of the first period of leave proposed by the employee.

(10) Regulations under Article 107G may provide for the variation, subject to such restrictions as may be specified, of—

(a)the period or periods during which an amount of leave under Article 107G is to be taken,

(b)the amount of leave under Article 107G that the employee previously specified in accordance with provision by virtue of—

(i)Article 107G(3)(b) or (6)(b), or

(ii)paragraph (13)(b).

(11) Provision under paragraph (10)(a) may provide for variation to be subject to the consent of an employer in specified circumstances.

(12) Provision under paragraph (10)(b) may require an employee to satisfy specified conditions—

(a)as to giving notice of an intention to vary the amount of leave under Article 107G to be taken by the employee,

(b)if the employee proposes to vary the amount of leave under Article 107G(1) to be taken by the employee, as to the consent of P to that variation,

(c)if the employee proposes to vary the amount of leave under Article 107G(4) to be taken by the employee, as to the consent of A to that variation.

(13) Provision under paragraph (12)(a) may require an employee to give notice to the employer about—

(a)the extent to which the employee has exercised an entitlement to leave under Article 107G(1) or (4) in respect of the child,

(b)how much of the entitlement to leave the employee intends to exercise,

(c)the extent to which a person other than the employee has exercised an entitlement to leave under Article 107G or to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(d)the extent to which a person other than the employee intends to exercise such an entitlement.

(14) Regulations under Article 107G may—

(a)specify things which are, or are not, to be taken as done for the purpose of caring for a child,

(b)make provision excluding the right to be absent on leave under Article 107G in respect of a child where more than one child is placed for adoption as part of the same arrangement,

(c)specify a minimum amount of leave under Article 107G which may be taken,

(d)make provision about how leave under Article 107G may be taken,

(e)specify circumstances in which an employee may work for the employer during a period of leave under Article 107G without bringing the particular period of leave, or the employee’s entitlement to leave under that Article, to an end,

(f)specify circumstances in which an employee may be absent on leave under Article 107G otherwise than for the purpose of caring for a child without bringing the person’s entitlement to leave under that Article to an end.

(15) In this Article, “week” means any period of seven days.

(16) The Department may by regulations provide that the following do not have effect, or have effect with specified modifications, in a case where a person who is taking adoption leave or is entitled to be paid statutory adoption pay in respect of a child dies before another person has become entitled to leave under Article 107G in respect of the child—

(a)Article 107G(4)(b), (c) and (e),

(b)Article 107G(5),

(c)Article 107G(6)(c),

(d)paragraph (12)(c),

(e)paragraph (13)(c) and (d).

Power to apply Articles 107G and 107I to other cases

107J.(1) The Department may by regulations provide for Articles 107G and 107I to have effect in relation to cases which involve adoption, but not the placement of a child for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom, with such modifications as may be specified.

(2) The Department may by regulations provide for Articles 107G and 107I to have effect in relation to cases which involve an employee who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be specified.

(3) Where Articles 107G and 107I have effect in relation to such cases as are described in paragraph (2), regulations under Article 107G about evidence to be produced may require statutory declarations as to—

(a)eligibility to apply for a parental order,

(b)intention to apply for such an order.

Rights during and after shared parental leave

107K.(1) Regulations under Article 107E or 107G are to provide—

(a)that an employee who is absent on leave under that Article is entitled, for such purposes and to such extent as may be specified, to the benefit of the terms and conditions of employment which would have applied if the employee had not been absent,

(b)that an employee who is absent on leave under that Article is bound, for such purposes and to such extent as may be specified, by obligations arising under those terms and conditions, except in so far as they are inconsistent with Article 107E(1) or (4) or 107G(1) or (4), as the case may be, and

(c)that an employee who is absent on leave under that Article is entitled to return from leave to a job of a kind that may be specified, subject to Article 107L(1).

(2) In paragraph (1)(a), “terms and conditions of employment”—

(a)includes matters connected with an employee’s employment whether or not they arise under the employee’s contract of employment, but

(b)does not include terms and conditions about remuneration.

(3) The reference in paragraph (1)(c) to absence on leave under Article 107E or 107G includes, where appropriate, a reference to a continuous period of absence attributable partly to leave under one of those Articles and partly to any one or more of the following—

(a)leave under the other of those Articles,

(b)maternity leave,

(c)paternity leave,

(d)adoption leave, and

(e)parental leave.

(4) Regulations under Article 107E or 107G may specify matters which are, or are not, to be treated as remuneration for the purposes of this Article.

(5) Regulations under Article 107E or 107G may make provision, in relation to the right to return mentioned in paragraph (1)(c), about—

(a)seniority, pension rights and similar rights,

(b)terms and conditions of employment on return.

Redundancy and dismissal

107L.(1) Regulations under Article 107E or 107G may make provision about—

(a)redundancy, or

(b)dismissal (other than by reason of redundancy),

during a period of leave under that Article.

(2) Provision made by virtue of paragraph (1) may include —

(a)provision requiring an employer to offer alternative employment,

(b)provision for the consequences of failure to comply with the regulations (which may include provision for a dismissal to be treated as unfair for the purposes of Part 11).

Chapter 1B: supplemental

107M.(1) Regulations under Article 107E or 107G may—

(a)make provision about notices to be given, evidence to be produced and other procedures to be followed by—

(i)employees,

(ii)employers, and

(iii)relevant persons,

(b)make provision requiring such persons to keep records,

(c)make provision for the consequences of failure to give notices, to produce evidence, to keep records or to comply with other procedural requirements,

(d)make provision for the consequences of failure to act in accordance with a notice given by virtue of sub-paragraph (a),

(e)make special provision for cases where an employee has a right which corresponds to a right under Article 107E or 107G and which arises under the employee’s contract of employment or otherwise,

(f)make provision modifying the effect of Chapter 4 of Part 1 (calculation of a week’s pay) in relation to an employee who is or has been absent from work on leave under Article 107E or 107G,

(g)make provision applying, modifying or excluding any statutory provision, in such circumstances as may be specified and subject to any conditions which may be specified, in relation to a person entitled to take leave under Article 107E or 107G.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), “relevant person” means—

(a)a person who, in connection with an employee’s claim to be entitled to leave under Article 107E or 107G, is required to satisfy conditions specified in provision under Article 107E(2) or (5) or 107G(2) or (5), or

(b)a person who is an employer or former employer of such a person.

(3) In paragraph (2)(b) “employer”, in relation to a person falling within paragraph (2)(a) who is an employed earner, includes a person who is a secondary contributor as regards that employed earner.

(4) The conditions as to employment or self-employment that may be specified in provision under Article 107E(2) or (5) or 107G(2) or (5) include conditions as to being in employed or self-employed earner’s employment.

(5) In paragraphs (3) and (4)—

“employed earner” and “self-employed earner” have the meaning given by section 2 of the Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, subject for these purposes to the effect of regulations made under section 2(2)(b) of that Act (persons who are to be treated as employed or self-employed earners),

“employment”, in the case of employment as an employed or self-employed earner, has the meaning given by section 121 of that Act,

“secondary contributor”, as regards an employed earner, means a person who—

(a)

is indicated by section 7(1) of that Act, as that subsection has effect subject to section 7(2) of that Act, as being a secondary contributor as regards the earner, or

(b)

is indicated by regulations under section 7(2) of that Act as being a person to be treated as a secondary contributor as regards the earner

(3) In Article 251 (orders and regulations), in paragraph (1A) (regulations to which confirmatory procedure applies), after “107B,” insert “107E, 107F(16), 107G, 107I(16), 107J(1) or (2),”.

Exclusion or curtailment of other statutory rights to leave

3.—(1) The Employment Rights Order is amended as follows.

(2) In Article 103 (ordinary maternity leave)—

(a)in paragraph (3), after sub-paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)may allow an employee to bring forward the date on which an ordinary maternity leave period ends, subject to prescribed restrictions and subject to satisfying prescribed conditions;

(bb)may allow an employee in prescribed circumstances to revoke, or to be treated as revoking, the bringing forward of that date;,

(b)after that paragraph insert—

(3A) Provision under paragraph (3)(ba) is to secure that an employee may bring forward the date on which an ordinary maternity leave period ends only if the employee or another person has taken, or is taking, prescribed steps as regards shared parental leave under Article 107E or statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child..

(3) In Article 105 (additional maternity leave)—

(a)in paragraph (3), in sub-paragraph (a), for the words from “to choose” to the end substitute “to bring forward the date on which an additional maternity leave period ends, subject to prescribed restrictions and also to satisfying prescribed conditions,”,

(b)in paragraph (3), after that sub-paragraph insert—

(aa)may allow an employee in prescribed circumstances to revoke, or to be treated as revoking, the bringing forward of that date,,

(c)after that paragraph insert—

(3A) Provision under paragraph (3)(a) is to secure that an employee may bring forward the date on which an additional maternity leave period ends only if the employee or another person has taken, or is taking, prescribed steps as regards shared parental leave under Article 107E or statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child..

(4) In Article 107A (ordinary adoption leave)—

(a)in paragraph (2A), after “paragraph (2)” insert

(a)may allow an employee to bring forward the date on which an ordinary adoption leave period ends, subject to prescribed restrictions and subject to satisfying prescribed conditions,

(b)may allow an employee in prescribed circumstances to revoke, or to be treated as revoking, the bringing forward of that date,,

(b)in that paragraph, the words from “may specify circumstances” to the end become sub-paragraph (c),

(c)after that paragraph insert—

(2B) Provision under paragraph (2A)(a) is to secure that an employee may bring forward the date on which an ordinary adoption leave period ends only if the employee or another person has taken, or is taking, prescribed steps as regards shared parental leave under Article 107G or statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child..

(5) In Article 107B (additional adoption leave)—

(a)in paragraph (3), in sub-paragraph (a), for the words from “to choose” to the end substitute “to bring forward the date on which an additional adoption leave period ends, subject to prescribed restrictions and subject to satisfying prescribed conditions,”,

(b)in paragraph (3), after that sub-paragraph insert—

(aa)may allow an employee in prescribed circumstances to revoke, or to be treated as revoking, the bringing forward of that date,,

(c)after that paragraph insert—

(3A) Provision under paragraph (3)(a) is to secure that an employee may bring forward the date on which an additional adoption leave period ends only if the employee or another person has taken, or is taking, prescribed steps as regards shared parental leave under Article 107G or statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child..

(6) In Article 112A (entitlement to ordinary paternity leave: birth), after paragraph (4) insert—

(4A) Provision under paragraph (2)(b) must secure that, once an employee takes shared parental leave under Article 107E in respect of a child, the employee may not take leave under this Article in respect of the child..

(7) In Article 112B (entitlement to ordinary paternity leave: adoption), after paragraph (4) insert—

(4A) Provision under paragraph (2)(b) must secure that, once an employee takes shared parental leave under Article 107G in respect of a child, the employee may not take leave under this Article in respect of the child..

Abolition of additional paternity leave

4.  In Part 9 of the Employment Rights Order, omit Articles 112AA and 112BB (entitlement to additional paternity leave: birth and adoption).

Statutory shared parental pay

Statutory shared parental pay

5.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) After section 167ZT insert—

PART 12ZCSTATUTORY SHARED PARENTAL PAY
167ZU.    Entitlement: birth

(1) Regulations may provide that, where all the conditions in subsection (2) are satisfied in relation to a person who is the mother of a child (“the claimant mother”), the claimant mother is to be entitled in accordance with the following provisions of this Part to payments to be known as “statutory shared parental pay”.

(2) The conditions are—

(a)that the claimant mother and another person (“P”) satisfy prescribed conditions as to caring or intending to care for the child,

(b)that P satisfies prescribed conditions—

(i)as to employment or self-employment,

(ii)as to having earnings of a prescribed amount for a prescribed period, and

(iii)as to relationship either with the child or with the claimant mother,

(c)that the claimant mother has been in employed earner’s employment with an employer for a continuous period of at least the prescribed length ending with a prescribed week,

(d)that the claimant mother’s normal weekly earnings for a prescribed period ending with a prescribed week are not less than the lower earnings limit in force under section 5(1)(a) at the end of that week,

(e)if regulations so provide, that the claimant mother continues in employed earner’s employment (whether or not with the employer by reference to whom the condition in paragraph (c) is satisfied) until a prescribed time,

(f)that the claimant mother became entitled to statutory maternity pay by reference to the birth of the child,

(g)that the claimant mother satisfies prescribed conditions as to the reduction of the duration of the maternity pay period,

(h)that the claimant mother has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to her notice of—

(i)the number of weeks in respect of which she would be entitled to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of P to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child),

(ii)the number of weeks in respect of which she intends to claim statutory shared parental pay, and

(iii)the number of weeks in respect of which P intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(i)that the claimant mother has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to her notice of the period or periods during which she intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(j)that a notice under paragraph (h) or (i)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(k)that P consents to the extent of the claimant mother’s intended claim for statutory shared parental pay,

(l)that it is the claimant mother’s intention to care for the child during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to her,

(m)that the claimant mother is absent from work during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to her,

(n)that, where she is an employee within the meaning of the Employment Rights Order, the claimant mother’s absence from work during each such week is absence on shared parental leave.

(3) Regulations may provide that, where all the conditions in subsection (4) are satisfied in relation to a person (“the claimant”), the claimant is to be entitled in accordance with the following provisions of this Part to payments to be known as “statutory shared parental pay”.

(4) The conditions are—

(a)that the claimant and another person (“M”) who is the mother of a child satisfy prescribed conditions as to caring or intending to care for the child,

(b)that the claimant satisfies—

(i)prescribed conditions as to relationship with the child, or

(ii)prescribed conditions as to relationship with M,

(c)that M satisfies prescribed conditions—

(i)as to employment or self-employment, and

(ii)as to having earnings of a prescribed amount for a prescribed period,

(d)that the claimant has been in employed earner’s employment with an employer for a continuous period of at least the prescribed length ending with a prescribed week,

(e)that the claimant’s normal weekly earnings for a prescribed period ending with a prescribed week are not less than the lower earnings limit in force under section 5(1)(a) at the end of that week,

(f)if regulations so provide, that the claimant continues in employed earner’s employment (whether or not with the employer by reference to whom the condition in paragraph (d) is satisfied) until a prescribed time,

(g)that M became entitled, by reference to the birth of the child, to—

(i)a maternity allowance, or

(ii)statutory maternity pay,

(h)that M satisfies prescribed conditions as to—

(i)the reduction of the duration of the maternity allowance period, or

(ii)the reduction of the duration of the maternity pay period, as the case may be,

(i)that the claimant has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to the claimant notice of—

(i)the number of weeks in respect of which the claimant would be entitled to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of M to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child),

(ii)the number of weeks in respect of which the claimant intends to claim statutory shared parental pay, and

(iii)the number of weeks in respect of which M intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(j)that the claimant has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to the claimant notice of the period or periods during which the claimant intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(k)that a notice under paragraph (i) or (j)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(l)that M consents to the extent of the claimant’s intended claim for statutory shared parental pay,

(m)that it is the claimant’s intention to care for the child during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to the claimant,

(n)that the claimant is absent from work during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to the claimant,

(o)that, where the claimant is an employee within the meaning of the Employment Rights Order, the claimant’s absence from work during each such week is absence on shared parental leave.

167ZV.    Extent of entitlement and when payable: birth

(1) Regulations may provide for—

(a)the determination of the extent of a person’s entitlement, by virtue of section 167ZU, to statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child,

(b)when statutory shared parental pay by virtue of that section is to be payable.

(2) Provision under subsection (1)(a) is to secure that the number of weeks in respect of which a person is entitled to payments of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child does not exceed the number of weeks of the maternity pay period reduced by—

(a)where the mother of the child takes action that is treated by regulations as constituting for the purposes of section 167ZU and this section her return to work without satisfying conditions prescribed under subsection (2)(h) or, as the case may be, (4)(i) of section 167ZU—

(i)the number of relevant weeks in respect of which maternity allowance or statutory maternity pay is payable to the mother, or

(ii)if that number of relevant weeks is less than a number prescribed by regulations, that prescribed number of weeks, or

(b)except where paragraph (a) applies, the number of weeks to which the maternity allowance period is reduced by virtue of section 35(3A) or, as the case may be, the maternity pay period is reduced by virtue of section 161(3A).

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2)(a), a relevant week is—

(a)where maternity allowance is payable to a mother, a week or part of a week falling before the time at which the mother takes action that is treated by regulations as constituting for the purposes of this section her return to work,

(b)where statutory maternity pay is payable to a mother, a week falling before the week in which the mother takes action that is so treated.

(4) For the purposes of subsections (2)(a) and (3), “week” has—

(a)the same meaning as in section 121(1), in relation to maternity allowance, or

(b)the same meaning as in section 161(8), in relation to statutory maternity pay.

(5) In determining the number of weeks for the purposes of subsection (2)(b)—

(a)“week” has the same meaning as in subsection (4), and

(b)a part of a week is to be treated as a week.

(6) Provision under subsection (1)(a) is to secure that, where two persons are entitled to payments of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child, the extent of one’s entitlement and the extent of the other’s entitlement do not, taken together, exceed what would be available to one person (see subsection (2)).

(7) Provision under subsection (1)(b) is to secure that no payment of statutory shared parental pay may be made to a person in respect of a child after the end of such period as may be prescribed.

(8) Provision under subsection (1)(b) is to secure that no payment of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child may be made to a person who is the mother of the child before the end of the mother’s maternity pay period.

(9) Regulations may provide that, where the conditions in subsection (10) are satisfied in relation to a person who is entitled to statutory sharedparental pay under section 167ZU(1) or (3) (“V”), V may vary the period or periods during which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child in question, subject to complying with provision under subsection (11) where that is relevant.

(10) The conditions are—

(a)that V has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to V notice of an intention to vary the period or periods during which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(b)that a notice under paragraph (a)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content.

(11) Regulations may provide that, where the conditions in subsection (12) are satisfied in relation to a person who is entitled to statutory shared parental pay under section 167ZU(1) or (3) (“V”), V may vary the number of weeks in respect of which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay.

(12) The conditions are—

(a)that V has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to V notice of—

(i)the extent to which V has exercised an entitlement to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(ii)the extent to which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(iii)the extent to which another person has exercised an entitlement to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child, and

(iv)the extent to which another person intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(b)that a notice under paragraph (a)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(c)that the person who is P or, as the case may be, M in relation to V consents to that variation.

(13) A person’s entitlement to statutory shared parental pay under section 167ZU and this section is not affected by the birth of more than one child as a result of the same pregnancy.

167ZW.    Entitlement: adoption

(1) Regulations may provide that, where all the conditions in subsection (2) are satisfied in relation to a person with whom a child is, or is expected to be, placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom (“claimant A”), claimant A is to be entitled in accordance with the following provisions of this Part to payments to be known as “statutory shared parental pay”.

(2) The conditions are—

(a)that claimant A and another person (“X”) satisfy prescribed conditions as to caring or intending to care for the child,

(b)that X satisfies prescribed conditions—

(i)as to employment or self-employment,

(ii)as to having earnings of a prescribed amount for a prescribed period, and

(iii)as to relationship either with the child or with claimant A,

(c)that claimant A has been in employed earner’s employment with an employer for a continuous period of at least the prescribed length ending with a prescribed week,

(d)that claimant A’s normal weekly earnings for a prescribed period ending with a prescribed week are not less than the lower earnings limit in force under section 5(1)(a) at the end of that week,

(e)if regulations so provide, that claimant A continues in employed earner’s employment (whether or not with the employer by reference to whom the condition in paragraph (c) is satisfied) until a prescribed time,

(f)that claimant A became entitled to statutory adoption pay by reference to the placement for adoption of the child,

(g)that claimant A satisfies prescribed conditions as to the reduction of the duration of the adoption pay period,

(h)that claimant A has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to claimant A notice of—

(i)the number of weeks in respect of which claimant A would be entitled to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of X to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child),

(ii)the number of weeks in respect of which claimant A intends to claim statutory shared parental pay, and

(iii)the number of weeks in respect of which X intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(i)that claimant A has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to claimant A notice of the period or periods during which claimant A intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(j)that a notice under paragraph (h) or (i)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(k)that X consents to the extent of claimant A’s intended claim for statutory shared parental pay,

(l)that it is claimant A’s intention to care for the child during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to claimant A,

(m)that claimant A is absent from work during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to claimant A,

(n)that, where claimant A is an employee within the meaning of the Employment Rights Order, claimant A’s absence from work during each such week is absence on shared parental leave.

(3) Regulations may provide that, where all the conditions in subsection (4) are satisfied in relation to a person (“claimant B”), claimant B is to be entitled in accordance with the following provisions of this Part to payments to be known as “statutory shared parental pay”.

(4) The conditions are—

(a)that claimant B and another person (“Y”) who is a person with whom a child is, or is expected to be, placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom satisfy prescribed conditions as to caring or intending to care for the child,

(b)that claimant B satisfies—

(i)prescribed conditions as to relationship with the child, or

(ii)prescribed conditions as to relationship with Y,

(c)that Y satisfies prescribed conditions—

(i)as to employment or self-employment, and

(ii)as to having earnings of a prescribed amount for a prescribed period,

(d)that claimant B has been in employed earner’s employment with an employer for a continuous period of at least the prescribed length ending with a prescribed week,

(e)that claimant B’s normal weekly earnings for a prescribed period ending with a prescribed week are not less than the lower earnings limit in force under section 5(1)(a) at the end of that week,

(f)if regulations so provide, that claimant B continues in employed earner’s employment (whether or not with the employer by reference to whom the condition in paragraph (d) is satisfied) until a prescribed time,

(g)that Y became entitled to statutory adoption pay by reference to the placement for adoption of the child,

(h)that Y satisfies prescribed conditions as to the reduction of the duration of the adoption pay period,

(i)that claimant B has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to claimant B notice of—

(i)the number of weeks in respect of which claimant B would be entitled to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child if the entitlement were fully exercised (disregarding for these purposes any intention of Y to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child),

(ii)the number of weeks in respect of which claimant B intends to claim statutory shared parental pay, and

(iii)the number of weeks in respect of which Y intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(j)that claimant B has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to claimant B notice of the period or periods during which claimant B intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(k)that a notice under paragraph (i) or (j)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(l)that Y consents to the extent of claimant B’s intended claim for statutory shared parental pay,

(m)that it is claimant B’s intention to care for the child during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to claimant B,

(n)that claimant B is absent from work during each week in respect of which statutory shared parental pay is paid to claimant B,

(o)that, where claimant B is an employee within the meaning of the Employment Rights Order, claimant B’s absence from work during each such week is absence on shared parental leave.

167ZX.    Extent of entitlement and when payable: adoption

(1) Regulations may provide for—

(a)the determination of the extent of a person’s entitlement, by virtue of section 167ZW, to statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child,

(b)when statutory shared parental pay by virtue of that section is to be payable.

(2) Provision under subsection (1)(a) is to secure that the number of weeks in respect of which a person is entitled to payments of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child does not exceed the number of weeks of the adoption pay period reduced by—

(a)where the person who became entitled to receive statutory adoption pay takes action that is treated by regulations as constituting for the purposes of section 167ZW and this section the person’s return to work without satisfying conditions prescribed under subsection (2)(h) or, as the case may be, (4)(i) of section 167ZW—

(i)the number of relevant weeks in respect of which statutory adoption pay is payable to the person, or

(ii)if that number of relevant weeks is less than a number prescribed by regulations, that prescribed number of weeks, or

(b)except where paragraph (a) applies, the number of weeks to which the adoption pay period has been reduced by virtue of section 167ZN(2A).

(3) In subsection (2)(a) “relevant week” means a week falling before the week in which a person takes action that is treated by regulations as constituting for the purposes of this section the person’s return to work, and for these purposes “week” has the meaning as in section 167ZN(8).

(4) In determining the number of weeks for the purposes of subsection (2)(b)—

(a)“week” has the same meaning as in subsection (3), and

(b)a part of a week is to be treated as a week.

(5) Provision under subsection (1)(a) is to secure that, where two persons are entitled to payments of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child, the extent of one’s entitlement and the extent of the other’s entitlement do not, taken together, exceed what would be available to one person (see subsection (2)).

(6) Provision under subsection (1)(b) is to secure that no payment of statutory shared parental pay may be made to a person in respect of a child after the end of such period as may be prescribed.

(7) Provision under subsection (1)(b) is to secure that no payment of statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child may be made to a person who became entitled to receive statutory adoption pay in respect of the child before the end of the person’s adoption pay period.

(8) Regulations may provide that, where the conditions in subsection (9) are satisfied in relation to a person who is entitled to statutory sharedparental pay under section 167ZW(1) or (3) (“V”), V may vary the period or periods during which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child in question, subject to complying with provision under subsection (10) where that is relevant.

(9) The conditions are—

(a)that V has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to V notice of an intention to vary the period or periods during which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay,

(b)that a notice under paragraph (a)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content.

(10) Regulations may provide that, where the conditions in subsection (11) are satisfied in relation to a person who is entitled to statutory shared parental pay under section 167ZW(1) or (3) (“V”), V may vary the number of weeks in respect of which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay.

(11) The conditions are—

(a)that V has given the person who will be liable to pay statutory shared parental pay to V notice of—

(i)the extent to which V has exercised an entitlement to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(ii)the extent to which V intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(iii)the extent to which another person has exercised an entitlement to statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child, and

(iv)the extent to which another person intends to claim statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child,

(b)that a notice under paragraph (a)—

(i)is given by such time as may be prescribed, and

(ii)satisfies prescribed conditions as to form and content,

(c)that the person who is X or, as the case may be, Y in relation to V consents to that variation.

(12) A person’s entitlement to statutory shared parental pay under this section is not affected by the placement for adoption of more than one child as part of the same arrangement.

167ZY.    Entitlement etc.: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

(1) Regulations are to provide for statutory shared parental pay in respect of a child who is looked after by an authority and who is, or is expected to be, placed by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), with an approved foster parent who is also an approved prospective adopter.

(2) The circumstances are that—

(a)the authority—

(i)is considering adoption for the child, or

(ii)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child, and

(b)such conditions as may be prescribed are satisfied.

(3) Sections 167ZW and 167ZX have effect, in relation to provision made by virtue of subsection (1) as if references to a child being placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom and to placement for adoption were such references as may be prescribed.

(4) In this section, “approved foster parent”, “approved prospective adopter”, “authority” and “child who is looked after by an authority” have the same meaning as in section 167ZBA.”.

167ZZ.    Entitlement: general

(1) Regulations may—

(a)provide that the following do not have effect, or have effect subject to prescribed modifications, in such cases as may be prescribed—

(i)section 167ZU(2)(a) to (o),

(ii)section 167ZU(4)(a) to (p),

(iii)section 167ZV(10)(a) and (b),

(iv)section 167ZV(12)(a) to (c),

(v)section 167ZW(2)(a) to (o),

(vi)section 167ZW(4)(a) to (p),

(vii)section 167ZX(9)(a) and (b), and

(viii)section 167ZX(11)(a) to (c),

(b)impose requirements about evidence of entitlement and procedures to be followed,

(c)specify in what circumstances employment is to be treated as continuous for the purposes of section 167ZU or 167ZW,

(d)provide that a person is to be treated for the purposes of those sections as being employed for a continuous period of at least the prescribed period where—

(i)the person has been employed by the same employer for at least the prescribed period under two or more separate contracts of service, and

(ii)those contracts were not continuous,

(e)provide for amounts earned by a person under separate contracts of service with the same employer to be aggregated for the purposes of section 167ZU or 167ZW,

(f)provide that—

(i)the amount of a person’s earnings for any period, or

(ii)the amount of the person’s earnings to be treated as comprised in any payment made to the person or for the person’s benefit,

are to be calculated or estimated for the purposes of section 167ZU or 167ZW in such manner and on such basis as may be prescribed and that for that purpose payments of a particular class or description made or falling to be made to or by a person are, to such extent as may be prescribed, to be disregarded or, as the case may be, to be deducted from the amount of the person’s earnings.

(2) The persons upon whom requirements may be imposed by virtue of subsection (1)(b) include—

(a)a person who, in connection with another person’s claim to be paid statutory shared parental pay, is required to satisfy conditions prescribed under section 167ZU(2)(b) or (4)(c) or 167ZW(2)(b) or (4)(c),

(b)an employer or former employer of such a person.

(3) In subsection (1)(d) “the prescribed period” means the period of the length prescribed by regulations under section 167ZU(2)(c) or (4)(d) or 167ZW(2)(c) or (4)(d), as the case may be.

167ZZ1.    Liability to make payments

(1) The liability to make payments of statutory shared parental pay by virtue of sections 167ZU and 167ZV or, as the case may be, 167ZW and 167ZX is a liability of any person of whom the person entitled to the payments has been an employee as mentioned in section 167ZU(2)(c) or (4)(d) or, as the case may be, 167ZW(2)(c) or (4)(d).

(2) Regulations must make provision as to a former employer’s liability to pay statutory shared parental pay to a person in any case where the former employee’s contract of service with the person has been brought to an end by the former employer solely, or mainly, for the purpose of avoiding liability for statutory shared parental pay.

(3) The Department may, with the concurrence of the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, by regulations specify circumstances in which, notwithstanding this section, liability to make payments of statutory shared parental pay is to be a liability of the Commissioners.

167ZZ2.    Rate and period of pay

(1) Statutory shared parental pay is payable at such fixed or earnings related weekly rate as may be prescribed by regulations, which may prescribe different kinds of rate for different cases.

(2) Subject to the following provisions of this section, statutory shared parental pay is payable to a person in respect of each week falling within a relevant period, up to the number of weeks determined in the case of that person in accordance with regulations under section 167ZV(1) or 167ZX(1).

(3) Except in such cases as may be prescribed, statutory shared parental pay is not payable to a person in respect of a week falling within a relevant period if it is not the person’s intention at the beginning of the week to care for the child by reference to whom the person satisfies—

(a)the condition in section 167ZU(2)(a) or (4)(a), or

(b)the condition in section 167ZW(2)(a) or (4)(a).

(4) Except in such cases as may be prescribed, statutory shared parental pay is not payable to a person in respect of a week falling within a relevant period during any part of which week the person works for any employer.

(5) The Department may by regulations specify circumstances in which there is to be no liability to pay statutory shared parental pay in respect of a week falling within a relevant period.

(6) Where for any purpose of this Part or of regulations it is necessary to calculate the daily rate of statutory shared parental pay, the amountpayable by way of statutory shared parental pay for any day shall be taken as one seventh of the weekly rate.

(7) For the purposes of this section a week falls within a relevant period if it falls within a period specified in a notice under—

(a)section 167ZU(2)(j) or (4)(k) or 167ZV(10)(a), or

(b)section 167ZW(2)(j) or (4)(k) or 167ZX(9)(a),

and is not afterwards excluded from such a period by a variation of the period or periods during which the person in question intends to claim statutory shared parental pay.

(8) In this section “week”, in relation to a relevant period, means a period of seven days beginning with the day of the week on which the relevant period starts.

167ZZ3.    Restrictions on contracting out

(1) An agreement is void to the extent that it purports—

(a)to exclude, limit or otherwise modify any provision of this Part, or

(b)to require a person to contribute (whether directly or indirectly) towards any costs incurred by that person’s employer or former employer under this Part.

(2) For the avoidance of doubt, an agreement between an employer and an employee, authorising deductions from statutory shared parental pay which the employer is liable to pay to the employee in respect of any period, is not void by virtue of subsection (1)(a) if the employer—

(a)is authorised by that or another agreement to make the same deductions from any contractual remuneration which the employer is liable to pay in respect of the same period, or

(b)would be so authorised if the employer were liable to pay contractual remuneration in respect of that period.

167ZZ4.    Relationship with contractual remuneration

(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), any entitlement to statutory shared parental pay is not to affect any right of a person in relation to remuneration under any contract of service (“contractual remuneration”).

(2) Subject to subsection (3)—

(a)any contractual remuneration paid to a person by an employer of that person in respect of any period is to go towards discharging any liability of that employer to pay statutory shared parental pay to that person in respect of that period, and

(b)any statutory shared parental pay paid by an employer to a person who is an employee of that employer in respect of any period is to go towards discharging any liability of that employer to pay contractual remuneration to that person in respect of that period.

(3) Regulations may make provision as to payments which are, and those which are not, to be treated as contractual remuneration for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

167ZZ5.    Crown employment: Part 12ZC

The provisions of this Part apply in relation to persons employed by or under the Crown as they apply in relation to persons employed otherwise than by or under the Crown.

167ZZ6.    Special classes of person

(1) The Department may with the concurrence of the Treasury make regulations modifying any provision of this Part in such manner as the Department thinks proper in its application to any person who is, has been or is to be—

(a)employed on board any ship, vessel, hovercraft or aircraft,

(b)outside Northern Ireland at any prescribed time or in any prescribed circumstances, or

(c)in prescribed employment in connection with continental shelf operations.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, provide—

(a)for any provision of this Part to apply to any such person, notwithstanding that it would not otherwise apply,

(b)for any such provision not to apply to any such person, notwithstanding that it would otherwise apply,

(c)for excepting any such person from the application of any such provision where the person neither is domiciled nor has a place of residence in any part of Northern Ireland,

(d)for the taking of evidence, for the purposes of the determination of any question arising under any such provision, in a country or territory outside Northern Ireland, by a British consular official or such other person as may be determined in accordance with the regulations.

(3) In this section, “continental shelf operations” has the same meaning as in sections 166(3), 167ZI(3) and 167ZR(3).

167ZZ7.    Part 12ZC: supplementary

(1) In this Part—

“adoption pay period” has the same meaning as in section 167ZN(2),

“employer”, in relation to a person who is an employee, means a person who—

(a)

under section 6 is liable to pay secondary Class 1 contributions in relation to any of the earnings of the person who is an employee, or

(b)

would be liable to pay such contributions but for—

(i)

the condition in section 6(1)(b), or

(ii)

the employee being under the age of 16,

“maternity allowance period” has the meaning given in section 35(2),

“maternity pay period” has the meaning given in section 161(1),

“modifications” includes additions, omissions and amendments, and related expressions are to be read accordingly,

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations.

(2) In this Part, “employee” means a person who is gainfully employed in Northern Ireland either under a contract of service or in an office(including elective office) with general earnings (as defined by section 7 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003).

(3) Regulations may provide—

(a)for cases where a person who falls within the definition in subsection (2) is not to be treated as an employee for the purposes of this Part, and

(b)for cases where a person who would not otherwise be an employee for the purposes of this Part is to be treated as an employee for those purposes.

(4) Without prejudice to any other power to make regulations under this Part, regulations may specify cases in which, for the purposes of this Part or of such provisions of this Part as may be prescribed—

(a)two or more employers are to be treated as one,

(b)two or more contracts of service in respect of which the same person is an employee are to be treated as one.

(5) In this Part, except where otherwise provided, “week” means a period of seven days beginning with Sunday or such other period as may be prescribed in relation to any particular case or class of cases.

(6) For the purposes of this Part, a person’s normal weekly earnings are, subject to subsection (8), to be taken to be the average weekly earnings which in the relevant period have been paid to the person or paid for the person’s benefit under the contract of service with the employer in question.

(7) For the purposes of subsection (6) “earnings” and “relevant period” have the meanings given to them by regulations.

(8) In such cases as may be prescribed, a person’s normal weekly earnings are to be calculated in accordance with regulations.

(9) Where in consequence of the establishment of one or more Health and Social Care trusts under the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, a person’s contract of employment is treated by a scheme under that Order as divided so as to constitute two or more contracts, regulations may make provision enabling the person to elect for all of those contracts to be treated as one contract for the purposes of this Part or such provisions of this Part as may be prescribed.

(10) Regulations under subsection (9) may prescribe—

(a)the conditions that must be satisfied if a person is to be entitled to make such an election,

(b)the manner in which, and the time within which, such an election is to be made,

(c)the persons to whom, and the manner in which, notice of such an election is to be given,

(d)the information which a person who makes such an election is to provide, and the persons to whom, and the time within which, the person is to provide it,

(e)the time for which such an election is to have effect,

(f)which one of the person’s employers under two or more contracts is to be regarded for the purposes of statutory shared parental pay as the person’s employer under the contract.

(11) The powers under subsections (9) and (10) are without prejudice to any other power to make regulations under this Part.

(12) In this Part, “regulations” means regulations made by the Department for Employment and Learning, and in relation to any such regulations sections 171 and 172 have effect as if references there to “the Department” were references to the Department for Employment and Learning.

(13) Regulations under any of subsections (4) to (10) must be made with the concurrence of the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

167ZZ8.    Power to apply Part 12ZC to other cases

(1) The Department may by regulations provide for this Part to have effect in relation to cases which involve adoption, but not the placement of a child for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom, with such modifications as the regulations may prescribe.

(2) The Department may by regulations provide for this Part to have effect in relation to cases which involve a person who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as the regulations may prescribe.

(3) Where section 167ZZ(1)(b) has effect in relation to such cases as are described in subsection (2), regulations under section 167ZZ(1)(b) may impose requirements to make statutory declarations as to—

(a)eligibility to apply for a parental order,

(b)intention to apply for such an order..

(3) In section 172 (Assembly etc. control of regulations and orders), in subsection (2) (regulations and orders to which confirmatory procedure applies), in paragraph (a), after “167ZN(1)” insert “or any of sections 167ZU to 167ZZ2”.

Exclusion or curtailment of other statutory rights to pay

6.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 35 (entitlement to maternity allowance), after subsection (3) insert—

(3A) Regulations may provide for the duration of the maternity allowance period as it applies to a woman to be reduced, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions.

(3B) Regulations under subsection (3A) are to secure that the reduced period ends at a time—

(a)after a prescribed period beginning with the day on which the woman is confined; and

(b)when at least a prescribed part of the maternity allowance period remains unexpired.

(3C) Regulations under subsection (3A) may, in particular, prescribe restrictions and conditions relating to—

(a)the end of the woman’s entitlement to maternity leave;

(b)the doing of work by the woman;

(c)the taking of prescribed steps by the woman or another person as regards leave under Article 107E of the Employment Rights Order in respect of the child;

(d)the taking of prescribed steps by a person other than the woman as regards statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child.

(3D) Regulations may provide for a reduction in the duration of the maternity allowance period as it applies to a woman to be revoked, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions..

(3) In section 35, after subsection (3D) (as inserted by subsection (2)) insert—

(3E) A woman who would, but for the reduction in duration of a maternity pay period by virtue of section 161(3A), be entitled to statutory maternity pay for a week is not entitled to a maternity allowance for that week..

(4) In section 161 (the maternity pay period), after subsection (3) insert—

(3A) Regulations may provide for the duration of the maternity pay period as it applies to a woman to be reduced, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions.

(3B) Regulations under subsection (3A) are to secure that the reduced period ends at a time—

(a)after a prescribed period beginning with the day on which the woman is confined; and

(b)when at least a prescribed part of the maternity pay period remains unexpired.

(3C) Regulations under subsection (3A) may, in particular, prescribe restrictions and conditions relating to—

(a)the end of the woman’s entitlement to maternity leave;

(b)the doing of work by the woman;

(c)the taking of prescribed steps by the woman or another person as regards leave under Article 107E of the Employment Rights Order in respect of the child;

(d)the taking of prescribed steps by the woman or another person as regards statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child.

(3D) Regulations may provide for a reduction in the duration of the maternity pay period as it applies to a woman to be revoked, or to be treated as revoked, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions..

(5) In section 167ZE (rate and period of statutory paternity pay), after subsection (3) insert—

(3A) Statutory paternity pay is not payable to a person in respect of a statutory pay week if—

(a)statutory shared parental pay is payable to that person in respect of any part of that week or that person takes shared parental leave in any part of that week; or

(b)statutory shared parental pay was payable to that person or that person has taken shared parental leave in respect of the child before that week..

(6) In section 167ZN (rate and period of statutory adoption pay), after subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Regulations may provide for the duration of the adoption pay period as it applies to a person (“A”) to be reduced, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions.

(2B) Regulations under subsection (2A) are to secure that the reduced period ends at a time—

(a)after a prescribed part of the adoption pay period has expired; and

(b)when at least a prescribed part of the adoption pay period remains unexpired.

(2C) Regulations under subsection (2A) may, in particular, prescribe restrictions and conditions relating to—

(a)the end of A’s entitlement to adoption leave;

(b)the doing of work by A;

(c)the taking of prescribed steps by A or another person as regards leave under Article 107G of the Employment Rights Order in respect of the child;

(d)the taking of prescribed steps by A or another person as regards statutory shared parental pay in respect of the child.

(2D) Regulations may provide for a reduction in the duration of the adoption pay period as it applies to a person to be revoked, or to be treated as revoked, subject to prescribed restrictions and conditions..

Abolition of additional paternity pay

7.  In Part 12ZA of the Contributions and Benefits Act, omit sections 167ZEA to 167ZEE (additional statutory paternity pay: birth and adoption).

Other statutory rights

Other statutory rights to leave of prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

8.—(1) The Employment Rights Order is amended as follows.

(2) In Article 107A (ordinary adoption leave), after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) The conditions that may be prescribed under paragraph (1) include the condition mentioned in Article 107AB..

(3) After that Article, insert—

Ordinary adoption leave: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

107AB.(1) The condition referred to in Article 107A(1A) is a condition as to the employee—

(a)being an approved foster parent,

(b)being an approved prospective adopter,

(c)being notified by an authority that a child who is looked after by it is to be, or is expected to be, placed with the employee by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), and

(d)satisfying such further conditions as may be prescribed.

(2) The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1)(c) are that the authority—

(a)is considering adoption for the child, or

(b)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child.

(3) In this Article—

“approved foster parent” means a person approved as a foster parent by the authority under regulation 3 of the Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996,

“approved prospective adopter” means a person considered by the authority by virtue of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 to be a person suitable to adopt a child,

“authority” has the same meaning as in the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (see Article 2(2) and (3) of the Order),

“child who is looked after by an authority” has the same meaning as in that Order (see Articles 2(7)(b) and 25 of the Order).

(4) The Department may by order amend the definition of, or substitute another definition for the definition of, “approved foster parent” or “approved prospective adopter” for the time being contained in paragraph (3), in consequence of any modification or replacement of the regulations referred to in the definition..

(4) In Article 112B (entitlement to ordinary paternity leave: adoption), in paragraph (5), after sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)make provision excluding the right to be absent on leave under this Article in the case of an employee who, by virtue of provision under Article 112BA(1), has already exercised a right to be absent on leave under this Article in connection with the same child;.

(5) After that Article, insert—

Entitlement to paternity leave: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

112BA.(1) Regulations made under Article 112B(1) are to include provision for leave in respect of a child who is looked after by an authority and who is to be, or is expected to be, placed by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), with an approved foster parent who is also an approved prospective adopter.

(2) The circumstances are that—

(a)the authority—

(i)is considering adoption for the child, or

(ii)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child, and

(b)such conditions as may be specified are satisfied.

(3) Regulations made under Article 112B(1) are to provide for Article 112B to have effect, in relation to provision made by virtue of paragraph (1), as if—

(a)references to a child being placed for adoption or placement for adoption were such references as may be specified,

(b)in paragraph (5), sub-paragraph (aa) were omitted.

(4) In this Article, “approved foster parent”, “approved prospective adopter”, “authority” and “child who is looked after by an authority” have the same meaning as in Article 107AB..

Other statutory rights to pay of prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

9.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) After section 167ZB (entitlement to ordinary statutory paternity pay: adoption), insert—

167ZBA.    Entitlement: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

(1) Subsection (3) applies in a case involving a child who is looked after by an authority and who is placed by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), with an approved foster parent who is also an approved prospective adopter.

(2) The circumstances are that—

(a)the authority—

(i)is considering adoption for the child, or

(ii)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child, and

(b)such conditions as may be prescribed are satisfied.

(3) Section 167ZB has effect as if the following references or definitions were such references or definitions as may be prescribed—

(a)the references in subsection (2) to a child being placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom,

(b)the reference in subsection (3) to the week in which the adopter is notified of being matched with the child for the purposes of adoption,

(c)the reference in subsection (6) to placement for adoption,

(d)the definition of “adopter” in subsection (7).

(4) Where, by virtue of subsections (1) to (3), a person becomes entitled to statutory paternity pay in connection with the placement of a child as mentioned in those subsections, the person may not become entitled to payments of statutory paternity pay in connection with the placement of the child for adoption.

(5) In this section—

“approved foster parent” means a person approved as a foster parent by the authority under regulation 3 of the Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996,

“approved prospective adopter” means a person considered by the authority by virtue of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 to be a person suitable to adopt a child,

“authority” has the same meaning as in the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (see Article 2(2) and (3) of the Order),

“child who is looked after by an authority” has the same meaning as in that Order (see Articles 2(7)(b) and 25 of the Order).

(6) The Department may by order amend the definition of, or substitute another definition for the definition of, “approved foster parent” or “approved prospective adopter” for the time being contained in subsection (5), in consequence of any modification or replacement of the regulations referred to in the definition..

(3) In section 167ZE (rate and period of statutory paternity pay), after subsection (11) add—

(12) Where statutory paternity pay is payable to a person by virtue of section 167ZBA(1) to (3), this section has effect as if the following references were such references as may be prescribed—

(a)the references in subsections (3)(b) and (10) to placement for adoption,

(b)the references in subsection (10) to being placed for adoption..

(4) After section 167ZL (entitlement to statutory adoption pay), insert—

167ZLA.    Entitlement: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed

(1) Subsection (3) applies in a case involving a child who is looked after by an authority and who is, or is expected to be, placed by the authority under Article 27(2)(a) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2), with an approved foster parent who is also an approved prospective adopter.

(2) The circumstances are that—

(a)the authority—

(i)is considering adoption for the child, or

(ii)has decided by virtue of regulation 11 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 that it is satisfied that adoption is in the best interests of the child, and

(b)such conditions as may be prescribed are satisfied.

(3) Section 167ZL has effect as if the following references or definitions were such references or definitions as may be prescribed—

(a)the reference in subsection (2)(a) to a child being placed for adoption under the law of any part of the United Kingdom,

(b)the reference in subsection (3) to the week in which the person is notified that he has been matched with the child for the purposes of adoption,

(c)the reference in subsection (5) to placement, or expected placement, for adoption.

(4) Where, by virtue of subsections (1) to (3), a person becomes entitled to statutory adoption pay in respect of a child who is, or is expected to beplaced as mentioned in subsection (1), the person may not become entitled to payments of statutory adoption pay as a result of the child being, or being expected to be, placed for adoption.

(5) In this section, “approved foster parent”, “approved prospective adopter”, “authority” and “child who is looked after by an authority” have the same meaning as in section 167ZBA..

(5) In section 167ZN (rate and period of statutory adoption pay), after subsection (8) add—

(9) Where statutory adoption pay is payable to a person by virtue of section 167ZLA(1) to (3), this section has effect as if the reference in subsection (2F) to the week in which the person is notified that he has beenmatched with a child for the purposes of adoption were such reference as may be prescribed..

Other statutory rights to leave of applicants for parental orders

10.—(1) The Employment Rights Order is amended as follows.

(2) After Article 107AB (ordinary adoption leave: prospective adopters with whom looked after children are placed) (inserted by section 8(3)), insert—

Power to apply Article 107A to other cases

107AC.  The Department may by regulations provide for Article 107A to have effect in relation to cases which involve an employee who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(3) After Article 107B (additional adoption leave), insert—

Power to apply Article 107B to other cases

107BA.  The Department may by regulations provide for Article 107B to have effect in relation to cases which involve an employee who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(4) In Article 107D (supplemental provision about adoption leave), after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) Where Article 107A or 107B has effect in relation to such cases as are described in Article 107AC or 107BA, regulations under Article 107A or 107B about evidence to be produced may require statutory declarations as to—

(a)eligibility to apply for a parental order,

(b)intention to apply for such an order..

(5) After Article 112BA (entitlement to paternity leave: prospective adopters with whom looked after children placed) (inserted by section 8(5)), insert—

Power to apply Article 112B to other cases

112BAA.  The Department may by regulations provide for Article 112B to have effect in relation to cases which involve an employee who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be specified.

Other statutory rights to pay of applicants for parental orders

11.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 167ZK (power to apply Part 12ZA, statutory paternity pay, to adoption cases not involving placement)—

(a)in the title, for “adoption cases not involving placement”, substitute “other cases”,

(b)the existing text becomes subsection (1),

(c)after that subsection add—

(2) The Department may by regulations provide for this Part to have effect in relation to cases which involve a person who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be prescribed..

(3) In section 167ZT (power to apply Part 12ZB, statutory adoption pay, to adoption cases not involving placement)—

(a)in the title, for “adoption cases not involving placement”, substitute “other cases”,

(b)the existing text becomes subsection (1),

(c)after that subsection add—

(2) The Department may by regulations provide for this Part to have effect in relation to cases which involve a person who has applied, or intends to apply, with another person for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and a child who is, or will be, the subject of the order, with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(3) Regulations under subsection (2) may modify section 167ZL(8)(c) so as to enable regulations made by virtue of section 167ZL(8) to impose requirements to make statutory declarations as to—

(a)eligibility to apply for a parental order,

(b)intention to apply for such an order..

Statutory paternity pay: notice requirement and period of payment

12.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 167ZC (further provision as to entitlement to statutory paternity pay)—

(a)in subsection (1) (requirement to give notice), for the words from “only if” to the end substitute “only if he gives the person who will be liable to pay it notice of the week or weeks in respect of which he expects there to be liability to pay him statutory paternity pay.”,

(b)after that subsection insert—

(1A) Regulations may provide for the time by which notice under subsection (1) is to be given..

(3) In section 167ZE (rate and period of statutory paternity pay)—

(a)in subsection (2) (period of pay), for the words from “be payable” to the end substitute

be payable in respect of—

(a)such week within the qualifying period; or

(b)such number of weeks, not exceeding the prescribed number of weeks, within the qualifying period,

as he may choose in accordance with regulations.,

(b)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Provision under subsection (2)(b) is to secure that the prescribed number of weeks is not less than two.,

(c)after subsection (2A) (as inserted by paragraph (b)) insert—

(2B) Regulations under subsection (2) may permit a person entitled to receive statutory paternity pay to choose to receive such pay in respect of non-consecutive periods each of which is a week or a number of weeks..

(4) In section 172 (Assembly control of regulations and orders), in subsection (2) (regulations to which confirmatory procedure applies), in paragraph (a), after “section 167ZE(1)” insert “or (2)(b)”.

Rate of statutory adoption pay

13.—(1) The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.

(2) In section 167ZN (rate and period of statutory adoption pay)—

(a)omit subsection (1) (rate of pay),

(b)after subsection (2D) (as inserted by section 6(6)) insert—

(2E) Statutory adoption pay shall be payable to a person—

(a)at the earnings-related rate, in respect of the first 6 weeks in respect of which it is payable; and

(b)at whichever is the lower of the earnings-related rate and such weekly rate as may be prescribed, in respect of the remaining portion of the adoption pay period.

(2F) The earnings-related rate is a weekly rate equivalent to 90 per cent of a person’s normal weekly earnings for the period of 8 weeks ending with the week in which the person is notified that the person has been matched with a child for the purposes of adoption.

(2G) The weekly rate prescribed under subsection (2E)(b) shall not be less than the weekly rate of statutory sick pay for the time being specified in section 153(1) or, if two or more such rates are for the time being so specified, the higher or highest of those rates.,

(c)in subsection (7), for “subsection (2)” substitute “subsections (2) and (2E)”.

(3) In section 172 (Assembly control of regulations and orders), in subsection (2) (regulations to which confirmatory procedure applies), in paragraph (a), omit the words “or section 167ZN(1)”.

Further amendments

14.—(1) Schedule 1 (which contains further amendments relating to statutory rights to leave and pay) has effect.

(2) A reference to ordinary statutory paternity pay in an instrument or document made before the coming into operation of sub-paragraphs (8) and (9) of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 is to be read, in relation to any time after the coming into operation of those paragraphs, as a reference to statutory paternity pay.

(3) A reference to statutory paternity pay in a statutory provision (including a statutory provision amended by this Act) or in an instrument or document is to be read, in relation to any time that falls—

(a)after the coming into operation of paragraphs 11 and 12 of Schedule 1 to the Work and Families (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, but

(b)before the coming into operation of sub-paragraphs (8) and (9) of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1,

as a reference to ordinary statutory paternity pay.

(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to the extent that a reference to statutory paternity pay is a reference to additional statutory paternity pay.

(5) In this section, “statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

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