Six months maternity leave to transfer to fathers

1st January 2010
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Six months maternity leave to transfer to fathers

The government has announced that it will launch consultation on allowing new mothers to transfer some of their maternity leave entitlement to the father.  Consultation on implementing regulations will begin shortly.  The government intends that the law will be in force by April 2010 and will be effective for the parents of children due on or after the 3rd April 2011 (to allow employers to adjust to the measures).

As regards to administering the new system, parents will be required to “self certify” by providing details of their eligibility to their employer.  However, employers and HMRC will be able to carry out further checks on entitlement if necessary.

Daven Naghen, Employment Law Partner, commented as follows:-

“This will enable families to have flexibility in that mothers with maternity leave outstanding in the second six months of a child’s life will be able to transfer up to six months of maternity leave to the father.  Up to three months of that leave will be paid at the same rate as statutory maternity pay if the leave is taken during the mother’s 39 week maternity pay period.  Employers will have to make adjustments to their staff organisation, to allow for the fact that male employees may take up to six months of “maternity leave” in certain circumstances.


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Free Wills Month in October

Maples are pleased to announce that they are taking part in Free Wills Month throughout October. If you are aged 55 or over you can make your Will for free and have the opportunity to help one or more of the sponsoring charities in the process. Appointments are limited in number and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further details please contact a member of our Wills and Probate Department:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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