Maternity and Paternity

Subject to certain criteria most employees are entitled to maternity or paternity leave and pay. All employers have a duty to ensure that policies and procedures are compliant with legislative requirements.

The key points which all maternity policies should include are:

  • Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks maternity leave.
  • Employees may be entitled to 39 weeks statutory maternity pay.
  • Employees may take advantage of up to 10 keep in touch days.

All employees can take up to 52 weeks maternity leave, which is 26 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 weeks Additional Maternity Leave. In order to qualify for maternity pay, an employee should:

  • Have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending at the fifteenth week prior to the Expected Week of Childbirth.
  • Employees average weekly earnings are not less than the lower earnings limit set by the Government.
  • Employee provides a MATB1 stating the Expected Week of Childbirth.
  • Employee gives at least 28 days notice of their intention to take maternity leave.
  • Employee is still pregnant 11 weeks before the Expected Week of Childbirth or have already given birth.

The key points which all paternity policies should include are:

  • Eligible employees can take up to 28 weeks paternity leave.
  • Employees may be entitled to statutory paternity pay.
  • Employees may take advantage of up to 10 keep in touch days.

All employees can take up to 28 weeks paternity leave, which is up to 2 weeks Ordinary Paternity Leave and 26 weeks Additional Paternity Leave if the mother has returned to work. In order to qualify for paternity pay, an employee should:

  • Have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending at the fifteenth week prior to the Expected Week of Childbirth.
  • Employees average weekly earnings are not less than the lower earnings limit set by the Government.

Employees are obliged to give their employer certain information in order to have the right to Statutory Maternity or Paternity Leave and Pay.

To access a copy of our Maternity Leave and Pay Policy template click here.