paternity Pay

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 ... »

Paternity – Leave & Pay

NEW – From April 2009, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in the UK increased from £117.18 per week to £123.06 per week. Rights to paternity leave and pay have been introduced which are available to employees whose children were born on or after 6 April 2003. This article reproduced under Crown Copyright © 2003-2009 »