When you are pregnant you are entitled to a year off no matter how long you have been in your job. Not everyone takes 52 weeks off, but some do. You will get paid for some of your time off and this is called Statutory Maternity Pay. How long do you get Statutory Maternity Pay for?
If you take Shared Parental Leave, you can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay between the two of you.
Shared Parental Leave can be taken in blocks or all in one go.
You could even choose to have time off together.
To be eligible for this, you must be eligible for one of the following:
- maternity pay or leave
- adoption pay or leave
- maternity Allowance
And, either you or your partner must have worked for the same employer for 26 weeks by the 15th week before the baby is due and stay with them during Shared Parental Leave.
Statutory Maternity Pay is paid in the same way as your wages.
If you’re paid monthly, you’ll be paid monthly. The same goes for weekly pay.
Tax and National Insurance will be deducted from your Statutory Maternity Pay.
Work out how much maternity pay you could get here.