Employees are able to be absent from work for the duration of a period of Ordinary Maternity Leave of 26 weeks and a further period of Additional Maternity Leave period of 26 weeks. These two periods combined comprise the Statutory Maternity Leave entitlement of 52 weeks in total.

During Statutory Maternity Leave, employees who satisfy the qualifying requirements are entitled to receive an amount of Statutory Maternity Pay, the level of which is adjusted each year by the Government. Currently, Statutory Maternity Pay is payable for up to 39 weeks. The first six weeks are payable at 90% of average gross weekly earnings, with the remaining 33 weeks being paid at the lesser of 90% of the average gross weekly earning or  the standard SMP rate in force.

 

 

If your employee informs you that they are pregnant, there are a number of things that you would need to be mindful of:

  • Employee will give to the employer their MATB1 form which would be issued after their 20th week of pregnancy. You will need this to complete their payroll to enable them to get Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
  • Once the employer has been informed of the employee’s pregnancy they should arrange a risk assessment and make any reasonable adjustments, to ensure the employee has a safe environment at work.
  • The employee is entitled to paid leave for doctors / midwife / anti natal appointments.
  • The employee is entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave, where first 6 weeks is paid at 90%, then next 33 weeks will be paid at statutory maternity pay and the following 13 weeks can be taken as unpaid.
  • As a minimum the employee have to take 2 weeks compulsory maternity leave or 4 weeks if they work in a factory
  • Whilst on maternity the employee has the right of 10 keeping in touch days (KIT), these will be paid as full pay.
  • Whilst on maternity the terms and conditions of the employee are protected, and employees are entitled to pay rises, and they will accrue holidays during the time whilst they are on maternity leave.
  • The employee has the right to their job or similar job with the same terms and conditions, as when they left to go on maternity leave.
  • The employee has the same rights of redundancy as any other colleagues.

 

 

 

 

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The maternity leave calculator will enable you to find out:

  • The latest date for starting work to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
  • Qualifying week for calculating higher rate SMP
  • Deadline for employee to give notice of pregnancy, expected week of childbirth and maternity leave start date
  • Earliest date for starting maternity leave
  • Earliest date for maternity leave trigger if sick.

In order to calculate your employee’s maternity leave you will need the baby’s due date.

Please see maternity rights for further information, policies and downloadable documents.

Maternity, Paternity, Adoption & Parental Guide

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