maternity pay

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. ... »

Reform Maternity and Paternity Pay, says FSB

FSB launches new flexible working report proposing major reforms to childcare and maternity leave The Government must reform statutory maternity and paternity pay to give small businesses certainty over employee’s family leave, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said in a new report today. Under current rules, women are allowed to take 52 weeks leave, 39 weeks of these are paid on statutory maternity pay, and men can take two weeks paid paternity leave. Yet, while many women benefit from the full length of maternity leave in the UK, 37% of lower paid workers tend to go back to work within six months, compared to 11% of on higher pay. Research by the FSB shows that maternity and paternity leave is one of the most complicated issues in the employment field – half of small busines... »

Free Parental Legislation Guide for Employers

Business Link has launched a free guide to help businesses understand their obligations when managing staff with children. The online guide offers practical guidance for employers on maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay, and is endorsed by business groups and trade unions. Employers can also download information on their rights and responsibilities when managing staff who are new or expectant parents. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said that smaller firms often find it difficult to carry out administration for employees going on parental leave, and therefore need guidance. FSB employment chairman Alan Tyrell said: “Small business owners encounter a maternity issue on average every four years, and so it is vital that there is clear, reliable advice that is easily ... »

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... »