I have started my maternity leave and I remember the last thing on your mind when finding out you’re expecting is when and how much time are you going to take of work. So I’ve put together a little guide to help others when it comes to planning your maternity leave.
Thinking about Maternity leave can seem complicated and boring and I did have a little stress about it to begin with but when I broke it all down I managed to take the small steps so to understand what I am entitled to so I can spend the most time possible with our little one.
You can find out what you are entitled to, is it only SMP or does your company also contribute? The government website is the best place to begin. In the UK pregnant employees are entitled to 52 weeks Statutory Maternity leave when the correct notice is given to the employer. You don’t have to take the full 52 weeks but you must however take the minimum of 2 weeks of the birth of your child.
Your partner can also get 1 or 2 weeks paid paternity leave under most circumstances or you could opt into shared parental leave. In our case we have decided that I will take the year of but it’s always nice to know that it is more flexible now for both parents to have time off throughout the baby’s first year into the world.
Talk with co-workers
Talking to fellow co-workers who have been on maternity in the past was the biggest help of them all as they gave me the insights into what I should ask and who I should talk to at work. Following these discussions I was able to talk to payroll and they gave me a break down on my monthly incoming I would receive throughout my time of.