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Maternity and Paternity Leave
We’ve compiled a quick summary of what Maternity and Paternity leave you are entitled to from your employer, for more details visit www.gov.uk.
- Statutory Maternity Leave
- Statutory Maternity Leave is 52 weeks. It’s made up of:
- 26 weeks of Ordinary Maternity Leave
- 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave
You don’t have to take 52 weeks but you must take 2 weeks’ leave after your baby is born (or 4 weeks if you work in a factory).
Statutory Maternity Pay
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid for up to 39 weeks. You get:
- 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks
- £135.45 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks
SMP is paid in the same way as your wages (e.g monthly or weekly). Tax and National Insurance will be deducted.
This is the statutory minimum for Maternity pay and leave; most employers do offer a more generous arrangement.
You could get either 1 or 2 weeks, even if your partner has a multiple birth (e.g, twins).
You must take your leave in one go. A week is the same amount of days that you normally work in a week – e.g if you only work Monday and Tuesdays a week is 2 days.
Start and end dates
Leave can’t start before the birth. It must end within 56 days of the birth.
You must give your employer 28 days’ notice if you want to change your start date.
Statutory Paternity Pay
The statutory weekly rate of Ordinary Paternity Pay and Additional Paternity Pay is £135.45, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
Any money you get is paid in the same way as your wages (e.g monthly or weekly). Tax and National Insurance will be deducted.