- Most employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave
- Statutory maternity pay covers the first 39 weeks. It is usually paid at 90% of the mother’s weekly wage for the first six weeks, with the remaining 33 weeks at £139.58 a week or 90% of their weekly wage, whichever is lower
- Women who earn less than £112 a week are not eligible for statutory maternity pay; instead most can claim maternity allowance.
- Fathers may be entitled to one or two weeks paid paternity leave
Only Ireland and Slovakia have worse “decently paid” entitlements, which it defines as two-thirds of a woman’s salary – or more than £840 a month.
Croatia offers six months leave;
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have more than four months;
Estonia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Malta, and Switzerland offer more than three months.
The EU minimum requirement of 14 weeks.
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