Maternity guidance

The policies covering maternity, paternity and adoption are complex. This pages covers some the basics. For full information please refer to the officer and manager guidance packs.

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All employees are entitled to maternity, adoption and paternity leave and pay.

Normally the employee should inform their line manager as soon as she feels comfortable enough to do so. 

In order to qualify for maternity leave and pay, the employee should advise you in writing, of the pregnancy, no later than the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.

Managers have a duty to carry out a maternity risk assessment on a pregnant employee’s working conditions, processes and materials to ensure that there is nothing in the workplace or any duties related to their role that could be a potential risk to the pregnant employee or to the unborn baby.

All pregnant employees are entitled to time off with pay for antenatal care throughout their pregnancy.

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave entitlement
TypeEntitlement

Maternity

  • 52 weeks maternity leave
  • Statutory maternity pay for 39 weeks
  • Occupational maternity pay (optional 50 per cent of pay for 12 weeks, if the employee has more than one year's service)
  • Shared parental leave

Adoption

  • 52 weeks adoption leave
  • Statutory adoption pay for 39 weeks
  • Shared parental leave
  • Occupational maternity pay (optional 50 per cent of pay for 12 weeks, if the employee has more than one year's service)

Paternity

  • 2 weeks paid leave at full-pay
  • Shared parental leave

Please refer to the maternity pack and Shared Parental Leave policy for the qualifying criteria and entitlements.