Eligible employees can be paid up to 39 weeks of statutory maternity pay. For the first 6 weeks this pay is usually equivalent to 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings before tax.
As an employer, you have certain rights and responsibilities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your pregnant employee. These include:
- carrying out a risk assessment
- ensuring fair treatment from all staff
- allowing for paid leave to attend ante-natal appointments
When you run a large business, it is important to have a trusted, reliable employment lawyer on hand to be able to ensure that the correct maternity process is put in place and your employees feel valued and respected by their employer during their pregnancy.