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Maternity and Family Rights

Maternity and Family Rights Solicitors in Manchester and London

When a woman is pregnant, they are entitled to rights at work, regardless of the profession or your position in the company. These rights are provided by statute; however, some companies offer additional maternity packages. You will need to look at your employment contract or contact your employer to understand your additional rights in detail. 

Maternity Leave

An employee is entitled to a total of 52 weeks maternity leave. This leave can be taken no earlier than 11 weeks before the babies due date. An employee should inform their employer 15 weeks before the babies due date that they are pregnant. Once you have informed your employer you become entitled to the maternity leave, along with additional time off for prenatal care. 

After childbirth an employee is prohibited from returning to work until 2 weeks after giving birth. This is an absolute prohibition and cannot be waived by the employer or the employee. After these two weeks you are able to return to work at any time before the end of your maternity leave.

Maternity Pay

Under statute you are entitled to 39 weeks statutory maternity pay and the remaining 13 weeks of maternity leave is unpaid.

To qualify for statutory maternity pay you must have been working for your employer when you became pregnant, and you must receive at least £113 per week in pay up to 15 weeks before the baby is due.

As of April 2020, statutory maternity pay is expected to rise. In the first 6 weeks you will receive 90% of your salary. In the next 33 weeks you will receive £151.20 or 90% of your current salary if this is less than the statutory amount. For the final 13 weeks of your maternity leave you will not receive any payment.

What Happens When I Want To Return To Work?

You can return to work any time after the compulsory 2-week period post birth. You are protected against dismissal and you are guaranteed to take up your employment again on the same terms as when you left.

Maternity and pregnancy is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, therefore your employer cannot discriminate against you for pregnancy either before or after your maternity leave. 

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Most frequent questions and answers

Employees are entitled up to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave. You are entitled to maternity leave if you give the correct notice. You need to provide their employer notice at least 15 weeks before the due date and state when you would like to start maternity leave. Employers would then have 28 days to respond and confirm the maternity leave start and end dates. You are not allowed to work within two weeks of childbirth as this is compulsory maternity leave. 

You may also be entitled to maternity pay, paid leave for antenatal and hospital appointments, and the right to request flexible working hours upon return to work.

Not everyone is entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). To be eligible, you must have been employed by the employer for 26 weeks continuously, earn on average at least £120 a week, and provide notice to the employer at least 15 weeks before the due date.   

Employees are entitled to 39 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay. You would normally received Statutory Maternity Pay when you take maternity leave. 

For the first 6 weeks, you will get 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax). For the remaining 33 weeks, you will get £151.20 or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

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