How to combine work and motherhood: do them one at a time

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Health Assured team

15 February 2017

At a recent wet evening in the city of London, there was an interesting meeting of the British branch of the International Women’s Forum. Here were women of any and every age – and, among their number, there were plenty of successful businesswomen, too. The subject under discussion was that well-worn but far-from-resolved question of how to manage motherhood at the same time as enjoying the highly successful businesses and careers which many of those present already had.
50% of babies born in 2017 are expected to live to an impressive 103
I had expected sessions to be all about nannies and boarding school and all the other ways in which women do two things at once. I thought they might also be about how to make fathers do more coping with the kids and, generally speaking, consider the ways in which to work and rear children at the same time. But, to my surprise, none of that was discussed. The focal point was more about how to enjoy both – but not necessarily at the same time. Excerpt from The Guardian Online, to read the full article visit their website here.  

Advice from Health Assured for Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave

Maternity leave
This is only a summary of the statutory rights and many companies provide more generous leave options. The person giving birth to the baby is entitled to the following maternity leave and pay:
  • They must take the first two weeks off following the birth of the baby (four weeks if they work in a factory)
  • They are entitled to 26 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave. If they return to work during this period they will be entitled to return to exactly the same job they had before they took maternity leave
  • They can then take a further 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave. If they take more than 26 weeks leave, they have the right to return to the same job unless it is no longer available. In this instance they must be given a similar job with the same pay and conditions
  • For the first six weeks of maternity leave they are entitled to 90 per cent of their average weekly earnings before tax
  • For the following 33 weeks they are entitled to statutory maternity pay, which is currently £139.58 per week, or 90 per cent of average weekly earnings if this is lower.
Paternity leave
Those entitled to paternity leave include the spouse, civil partner or partner of the person giving birth or primary adopter, who will share responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Leave entitlement is two consecutive weeks of Ordinary Paternity Leave during the 56 days following the child’s birth. During Ordinary Paternity Leave the  pay entitlement is 90 per cent of average weekly earnings before tax, or statutory paternity pay, whichever is lower. For parents of babies born on or after 5 April 2015, Additional Paternity Pay has been replaced with the system of Shared Parental Leave.  
Shared parental leave
Parents of children born or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015 (whether by birth, adoption or surrogacy) will be able to take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) during the first year of the child’s life, or the first year after their placement for adoption. Additional Paternity Leave and Pay was abolished from 5 April 2015. If the mother or primary adopter returns to work before the end of their period of statutory maternity or adoption leave, the couple can share the remaining leave between them.   The remaining leave can be taken in three separate blocks, allowing the mother to return to work for a period, and then return to maternity leave for a further period. Similarly, maternity or adoption pay can be shared between the couple if the mother or primary adopter returns to work before their entitlement to pay has ended.   For more information regarding parenting rights and support, Health Assured are on hand to assist you. To find out more call the number below.

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