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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Maternity, paternity and adoption rights

Find out your employment rights on the adoption or birth of a child.

How to use this service

By answering a series of questions you will obtain tailored interactive guidance on your employment rights when a child is born or adopted. You will get a personalised statement of your rights and responsibilities, which you can print out to read later. You will also be able to use an interactive calendar to help plan your leave.

Increase of Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay

The standard rate of Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay is currently £117.18 per week or 90 per cent of average weekly earnings if that is less than £117.18. This will increase to £123.06 from 5 April 2009.

To qualify for these payments you must earn at least the lower earnings limit (LEL) for National Insurance contributions, currently £90 (£95 from 5 April 2009).

Maternity rights and responsibilities

The rights a pregnant worker may get include paid time off for antenatal care and up to a year’s maternity leave.

Adoption rights and responsibilities

When a child is adopted, the adopter (or one member of an adopting couple) may be entitled to rights such as paid adoption leave. The partner of the adopter (or other member of the couple) may be able to take paternity leave.

Paternity rights and responsibilities

Rights such as paid paternity leave may be available when a child is born or adopted. For example, the father of a newborn baby may qualify for leave to look after the mother and child. Despite the name, paternity leave can be taken by a man or a woman.

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