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Maternity Leave Pay: Know Your Rights and the Law

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Expecting your first child, or even second, third or fourth can be a daunting experience. With so much to think about, plan and consider. The last thing you want to do is worry about how to approach your employer to ask for the time off. However, fear not! This article will guide you through your rights regarding your maternity leave entitlements. As well as how much maternity leave pay you are may qualify for. It will cover the maternity leave UK law so that you are familiarised with your rights and what you can expect. So that you have to think about one thing less going into pregnancy. We have also provided an article on paternity leave rights, because we’re good like that.

Statutory Maternity Leave entitlement

When you are an expecting mother you are entitled to one year of Statutory Maternity Leave. No matter how long you have been working for your company. However, even though you are eligible for 52 weeks off work, you will only get paid for 39 of those. This is as long as you are legally classed as an employee within your company. This right starts on the first day of starting your job. The first 26 weeks is classed as ‘ordinary maternity leave,’ and the last 26 weeks are known as ‘additional maternity leave.’

Statutory Maternity Leave Pay

To quality for Statutory maternity leave pay you have to have been working continuously for 26 weeks for the same employer before your qualifying week. You also have to earn an average of at least £120 a week for 8 weeks before your qualifying week. It is also worth noting that If you’re eligible for Statutory maternity leave pay and have more than one employer you may beeligible to get Statutory maternity leave pay from both.

What is your qualifying week you may ask? To work out your qualifying week, you simply need to count 15 weeks back from the week you are due to have your baby. It is important to work out when your qualifying week is so that you know when you need to give notice to your employer to get maternity leave and pay. You also need to know your qualifying week as it determines whether you get Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance.

Maternity allowance break down

Before we begin going into the breakdown of Statutory Maternity Pay, it is important to differentiate between Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance. Maternity Allowance is a financial benefit allocated to either self-employed women or women who don’t earn over £113 per week. Employees who don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Leave generally get Maternity allowance. The Department for Work and Pensions provides this, as opposed to your employer. You must apply for it yourself to receive the benefit. The amount you receive depends upon your eligibility.

  • You could either receive 151.20 a week, or 90% of your earnings for 39 weeks. This is dependent on whichever is less.
  • £27 a week for 39 weeks
  • £27 a week for 14 weeks

Maternity allowance entitlement

There are also certain conditions regarding your entitlement to maternity allowance. If you haven’t worked the 26 qualifying weeks, then you will not be entitled. However, these 26 weeks can be across two different employers. Another condition is that you are also not eligible if you earn less than £30 a week.

Statutory Maternity break down

  • Statutory maternity pay is paid for 39 weeks.
  • The first 6 weeks you will receive 90% of your average weekly earnings.
  • For the following 33 weeks you will receive either 151.20 a week, or 90% of your average weekly earnings- you get whichever is lower.

But remember, as previously mentioned, if you take the full 52 weeks of maternity leave, the last 13 weeks will be unpaid. That is unless your contract offers enhanced maternity pay.

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How to ask your manager for Maternity Leave

Before asking your boss for maternity leave, have a look at the companies policies. This will enable you to go into the conversation well informed on your maternity leave entitlements. Also, it is probably a good idea creating a plan. This could include the date you want to leave and how much time you want off. That way when you approach your manager you have a clear plan in mind which you know works best for you and your family. Once you have discussed your leave, and once it has been approved, you can book it off using Factorials shift management software.

This enables you to mark off yourself the days you will be absent from the office on a user friendly easily navigable platform. This notifies employees with your modified shifts, making the management of your time off a lot easier for yourself and your managers.

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Employee Holiday Tracking: perfect for booking off Maternity Leave

Factorials time off manager is the perfect tool when booking time off from work. This software is ideal when booking and managing time off requests. It automates your time off requests. Meaning all the information is up to date and clearly accessible for your fellow employees and managers. This annual leave tracker keeps all employees and managers in the loop regarding who is off work and for how long. By letting the company know who is working and when, it aids managers in making sure there is enough staff to cover employees’ leave. It therefore plans any change in business activities in advance. Making managers jobs that little bit easier.

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