On 5th April 2015, there are going to be several changes to employment law including changes to statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay.
Statutory Maternity Pay is paid during Maternity Leave for up to 39 weeks and you get 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first six weeks; and then for the next 33 weeks you get £138.18 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
From 5th April Statutory Maternity pay will increase for the latter 33 weeks so you would get £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
Statutory Paternity Pay is paid for the two weeks you are entitled to have off after the birth of your child and that must end within 56 days of the birth. The leave can’t start before the birth. It is paid at a weekly rate of £138.18, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
Like Maternity pay the changes on 5th April mean that it will be paid at £139.58, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
And the same again for Adoption Pay. This is currently paid at £138.18 and will rise to £139.58 or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
The new Shared Parental leave will be paid at the same higher rate. We have written a separate blog on Shared Parental Leave if you would like more information about it.
With Shared Parental Leave the big question is how employers will deal with enhanced Shared Parental Pay where they pay enhanced pay during maternity leave. Further, whilst the Civil Service has confirmed that men and women who take Shared Parental Leave will be receive the same pay, it remains to be seen what other employers will do. It may be too early to tell as employers continue to iron out their policies but hopefully won’t lead to any cases of Maternity or Paternity Discrimination.
If you have any legal issues surrounding maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave or pay our expert team of Employment Lawyers at Slater and Gordon are happy to help. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will call you back.
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