Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Paternity/Maternity Leave

Posted on: October 21, 2009

Written by Jenny Cassidy www.hrdept.co.uk Telephone: 0845 290 3910

Plans to allow fathers to benefit from up to six months’ additional paternity leave – three paid – if the mother returns to work before the end of the maternity leave period have been given the go ahead. The new right, due to come into force from 2011, will apply during the second half of a baby’s first year. In practice there is the possibility that this could become an administrative nightmare with the cross over between two people likely to be working in different businesses. We wait and see … the Government has actually shelved plans in the immediate future to increase paid maternity leave to 52 weeks to coincide with the 52 week maternity leave period. It will remain at 39 weeks, first 6 weeks 90% average earnings, remaining 33 weeks at statutory maternity pay £123.06 per week.

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