Thank you to all those who attended our Family Leave Masterclass on Tuesday 2nd July at the Hub.

With the area of Family Leave being complex and constantly changing, we thought you would appreciate being furnished with a few key facts around statutory entitlement and rights.

Types of Statutory Leave are:

Maternity            Paternity             Adoption             Shared Parental                Unpaid Parental

  • To qualify for the above types of leave, the individual must be an employee.
  • The current statutory pay rate is £148.68 per week, where applicable.
  • To be eligible for statutory pay, the employee must earn at least £118 a week before tax.

An overview of the basics!

Maternity Leave

  • Statutory Maternity Leave is 52 weeks, made up of Ordinary Maternity Leave – first 26 weeks and Additional Maternity Leave – last 26 weeks
  • As a minimum the woman must take two weeks maternity leave or four weeks if she works in a factory environment
  • At least 15 weeks before the baby is due, the employee must tell their employer when the baby is due and when they want maternity leave to start. Within 28 days the employer must confirm in writing the maternity start and end dates

Maternity Pay

  • The employee must provide proof of pregnancy using a MATB1 form.
  • Have worked for the employer continuously for at least 26 weeks up to the ‘qualifying week’ – the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth
  • Maternity pay is paid for up to 39 weeks. The weekly amount is 90% of average weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks then £148.68 or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks

Paternity Leave

  • The employee must have worked continuously for their employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth
  • Tell their employer at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is expected the baby’s due date, when they want leave to start, whether they want 1 or 2 weeks’ leave

Paternity Pay

  • Provide their employer an SC3 form, 15 weeks before the week the baby is expected

Adoption Leave

  • Within 7 days of being matched with a child, tell the employer how much leave is wanted, the leave start date, the ‘date of placement’ – the date the child is placed with you
  • Give proof of the adoption or surrogacy
  • Adoption leave can start up to 14 days before a child is placed with the family

Adoption Pay

  • The individual must have worked for the employer continuously for at least 26 weeks by the week they are matched with a child
  • Tell the employer of their intention to stop work to adopt a child and when the Statutory Adoption Pay should start. At least 28 days notice is required.
  • Provide proof of the adoption or surrogacy

There were many interesting talking points during the Masterclass we couldn’t possibly write then all in here, so if you are struggling with a Family Leave issue, we are always here to help!

Get in touch by calling HQ on 01736 339384 or email us at HelloThere@sapiencehr.co.uk