Confirmation has been received from the Government noting that the standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from the current £135.45 to £136.78 per week as at April 2013.
It is important to remember if the employee has at least 9 months and 2 weeks service when her baby is due, she is entitled to Maternity pay for 39 weeks. The first 6 weeks are paid at 90% of normal earnings. Then for the remaining 33 weeks, lower-rate statutory maternity pay is paid at the current rate of £135.45 moving to £136.78 as at April 2013.
Any employee whose wife or partner gives birth to a child, or who is the biological father of the child, is entitled to one or two weeks' ordinary paternity leave. This is in the provision that he or she has 26 weeks' continuous service by the end of the 15 week before the week in which the child is expected. Ordinary paternity leave must be taken in a single block of one week or two weeks within eight weeks of the birth or adoption of the child. Pay during ordinary paternity leave will be at the lower weekly statutory rate of £135.45 increasing to £136.78 in April 2013.
An employee who adopts a child through an approved adoption agency is entitled to adoption leave, provided that he/she has at least 26 weeks' continuous service calculated as at the week in which notification of matching is given by the adoption agency. Instead of normal pay, the employee will be entitled to statutory adoption pay for a period of up to 39 weeks. This as above is paid at the current rate of £135.45 moving to £136.78 as at April 2013.
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