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Maternity Leave: What to Expect When They’re Expecting

Maternity Leave: What to Expect When They’re Expecting

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Hillary Clinton’s former adviser, hit the headlines in April 2017 by claiming a year’s maternity leave is too long for working mothers. Maternity leave is a controversial subject, but communication is vital – particularly for expectant mothers and their employers. Finding cover, training and changes to working hours upon return are just some of the worries employers may have at the back of their mind when a member of staff announces a pregnancy. Eligible women are entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave by law, 39 of which can be paid. Whether you agree that an upper limit of a year is too long, there is little doubt that this period must be adequately planned for. Options The decision of whether to hire a new member of staff on a temporary basis, or cover the r... »

A Small Business Guide to the Maternity Leave Letter

A Small Business Guide to the Maternity Leave Letter

Maternity leave can be a real challenge for any employer, after all they’re facing the loss of what could be a crucial member of their team for potentially a year. Therefore, sweating the small stuff like ensuring the expectant mother understands their rights can sometimes seem like an extra unnecessary hassle, but it’s all part of the process set out in UK law, so there are no excuses. With this in mind, we want to take a weight off your shoulders and give you a helping hand for drafting a model maternity leave letter. We can’t write it for you, after all we don’t know your staff and wouldn’t want you to sound like a robot, but we can give you a good structure to follow all the same. An employee’s maternity leave rights Once they have informed you of th... »

Government Seeks to Block Maternity Leave Extension

The UK Government has opposed a European Parliament ruling to extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay in EU member states. Currently, women in the UK are entitled to take a year off work for maternity leave. Employers are only required to pay six weeks’ salary at 90% of their average earnings, and then the employee can receive 33 weeks of statutory maternity pay, with the remaining weeks unpaid. As it stands at the moment, small business owners can claim these costs back. MEPs voted in favour of the European Parliament proposals, which will oblige employers to offer female employees 20 weeks of maternity leave on full pay. A report containing its recommendations has now been passed to the European Council — made up of the Governments of the member states — to be amended or adopted. ... »

Employers plan October Maternity Extension

Employment consultants Croner Consulting has urged employers affected by 5 October 2008 changes to maternity leave benefits to make plans now. As announced earlier this year, female employees expecting a child on or after 5 October this year will be entitled to non–cash benefits throughout both ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave. The employee will now be entitled to any non–cash benefits named in their contract, such as the accrual of annual leave and use of their company car, for the full 52 weeks of maternity leave. This comprises the 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and the subsequent 26 weeks, which make up additional maternity leave. Currently, employees on maternity leave only receive their non–cash benefits throughout the 26 weeks of ordina... »

Changes to Maternity Leave Entitlement

The due date for further changes to maternity leave entitlement approaches. Employers of expectant mothers whose babies are due on or after October the 5th this year, will find it is not just her that is starting out on a new journey. As a result of a ruling made by the High Court last year, October 5th also marks the due date of changes that employers must make to the contractual benefits entitled to staff on maternity leave. Sue Isaacson of The HR Dept. explores the latest legal ruling on how pregnant women should be treated by their employers. In a landmark case brought last year by the Equal Opportunities Commission to bring UK law into line with EU requirements, the High Court has ruled that pregnant women whose babies are due on or after the 5th of October will enjoy an increased ent... »

Maternity Leave and Statutory Maternity Pay

NEW – From April 2011, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in the UK increased from £124.88 per week to £128.73 per week. There have been a number of changes to Maternity Leave & Maternity Pay since 6th April 2003 with the addition of rights to paid adoption and paternity leave, and the right for parents of young children to apply to work flexibly. These rights, together with existing rights to parental leave and time off for dependants, provide parents with more opportunities than ever before to balance work and family life, whilst being compatible with, and beneficial to, business efficiency. Maternity Leave & Statutory Maternity Pay business advice Crown Copyright © 2003-2011 »