Unfortunately, navigating family friendly entitlements such as maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and everything in between can be a daunting task.
In order to take some of the stress out of these entitlements we have provided a general overview of maternity, paternity and shared parental pay and leave.
Maternity Pay and Leave
In order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, the employee must earn on average at least £116 per week, give at least 28 days’ notice of the start of the leave, give proof of pregnancy and have worked for the Company continuously for at least 26 weeks continuing into the 15th week before the expected week of child birth. This is usually referred to as the qualifying period.
Statutory Maternity Leave is 52 weeks which is made up of ordinary maternity leave which is the first 26 weeks and additional maternity leave which is the remaining 26 weeks. Although the statutory Maternity Leave is 52 weeks, only 39 weeks are paid, for the first 6 weeks the employee will be paid 90% of their average earnings before tax. For 33 weeks a payment of £145.18 (2018-2019) or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings will be paid per week, whichever is lower.
If an employee does not earn on average £116 or more per week then they will be entitled to Maternity Allowance from the government.
Paternity Pay and leave
In order to qualify for Paternity Leave the employee must be the father, the husband or partner of the mother, the child’s adopter or the intended parent. The individual must also give the notice at least 15 weeks before the bay is due, give an approximate date of leave and state how many weeks they require.
Paternity Pay will be paid if the individual is employed up to the date of birth, earn at least £116 per week, give the correct notice and be employed by the Company for at least 26 weeks up to any day in the qualifying period. The statutory weekly rate of paternity is £145.18 (2018-2019) or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings.
There is a maximum of two weeks which can be taken and leave must be taken in blocks of the employees working week and leave must be taken within 56 days of the birth.
Shared Parental Leave and Statutory Shared Paternal Pay
The mother and father of the child may be able to get Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP).
The parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay between them. The pay and leave must be taken in the first year after the child is born. You can use SPL to take leave in blocks separated by periods of work or take it all in one go. The parents can choose to take the Shared Parental Leave together or stagger the leave and pay.
In order to quality for this entitlement both birth parent must be in continuous employment for 26 weeks up to the qualifying week, stay with the Company whilst the leave is taken and earn on average at least £116 per week.
Statutory Shared Parental Pay is paid at £145.18 or 90% of the average weekly earnings. To receive the Shared Parental Leave and Pay the rules regarding the entitlement must be followed and 8 weeks written notice.
As it can be seen these are quick over views of entitlement and does not cover adoption or any variations. All pregnancies and requests for time off are different and if there are any circumstances which you are unsure how to handle, Spectra HR will be able to give you up to date and comprehensive advice.
Further information is also available from:
https://bit.ly/1LWWHzL for Maternity Leave and Pay
https://bit.ly/1TgDUFb for Paternity Leave and Pay
https://bit.ly/1otKaGM for Shared Parental Leave