Knowing your entitlements: Parental Leave | Hudson McKenzie

Knowing your entitlements: Parental Leave

November 26, 2018 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

Both new mothers and fathers are entitled to Parental Leave by their employer – so what exactly are the entitlements?

Parental leave is an employee benefit, also known as ‘Statutory Maternity/Paternity Leave’, which is applicable to both mothers (maternity) and fathers (paternity).

Statutory Maternity Leave

  • Duration of leave

All new mothers may be eligible to take up to 52 weeks maternity leave, in which after 26 weeks, this will be considered as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’. Employees are also obligated to take at least two weeks leave post-birth.

  • Pay

Out of the 52 weeks that an employee is entitled for leave, only 39 weeks is entitled for the employee to be paid for this leave.

Statutory Paternity Leave

  • Duration of leave

Fathers of newly born children may be eligible to take 1-2 weeks of paternity leave, even if the mother of the children has had twins or more than one child. The eligible leave must be taken all in one go.

  • Pay

As part of the fathers leave entitlement, this is also entitled to be paid leave for 1-2 weeks.

Shared Parental Leave

The mother and father may also wish to have ‘Shared Parental Leave’ (SPL) instead, in which will result in Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). The parents are entitled to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay.

Furthermore, the employment rights of the new mother and father are also protected throughout the parental leave period, such as the right to return to work.

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