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:
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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.