Maternity leave entitlement
Maternity leave entitlement
Please see below the answers to some of the most common questions regarding maternity leave. Further information is available in the Maternity policy (COVID update) [pdf] or from Human Resources.
You can calculate your maternity leave entitlement, payments and dates by entering a few details into our Maternity Pay Entitlement Calculator (Excel) [Login Required]
Frequently Asked Questions
How much maternity leave can I take?
All women are entitled to up to 52 weeks maternity leave regardless of length of service and must take a minimum of 2 weeks maternity leave.
Will my maternity leave be paid?
Entitlement to paid maternity leave is dependent on length of service by the expected week of birth.
If you have less than 41 weeks’ service by the expected week of birth, you are entitled to a Maternity Allowance which is paid directly by the Government.
If you have 41 weeks’ service or more by the expected week of birth, you are entitled to College Maternity Pay, which is 18 weeks at full pay (i.e. calculated before any salary sacrifice has been made), followed by 21 weeks at the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) (current rates of SMP), followed by a maximum of 13 weeks unpaid leave.
What should I do first?
You should notify your line manager that you are pregnant as soon as possible so that a Risk Assessment can be undertaken.
Once you have received your MATB1 form (after 21 weeks of pregnancy), you must inform your HR contact and arrange a Maternity meeting.
See Maternity leave process for further details.
What is Shared Parental Leave and am I eligible?
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) provides eligible parents with the opportunity to choose to share between them the care of their child during the first year following the child’s birth. Parents have the option of converting their maternity leave and pay into Shared Parental Leave and Pay and sharing the remaining period of leave and pay between them.
SPL is available to parents who meet the employment and earnings eligibility requirements, if the mother decides to curtail her maternity leave entitlement. Leave must be taken within 52 weeks of the birth of the child.
You are eligible for SPL if you are the mother, father of the child or spouse, civil partner or partner of the primary adopter AND
- You will share responsibility for the care of the child
- You have completed 26 weeks continuous service with the College by the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth
- You are still employed with the College in the week before the leave is taken
- You or your partner are entitled to Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay and have curtailed this entitlement.
Your partner must also satisfy the employment and earnings requirements as outlined in the Shared Parental Leave policy.
For further information about Shared Parental Leave, please see the Shared Parental Leave Policy [pdf].
Can I attend ante-natal appointments?
You are entitled to reasonable time off to attend ante-natal appointment including parent classes if they are recommended by your Health Care Worker.
What happens with my annual leave entitlement?
You will continue to accrue annual leave and mandatory leave during your maternity leave. You are encouraged to take a proportion of you annual leave before the start and after your maternity leave.
If your maternity leave crosses two leave years, you can carry over any untaken annual leave but you must take it within 3 months of returning from leave.