New maternity law delayed, will cost £1.9m. per year
Thursday 24th October 2013, 1:00PM BST.
STATUTORY maternity and paternity leave has been delayed.
In its report proposing the new law, which was approved by the States in February 2012, the Policy Council had set a target start date of 1 January 2014. Social Security was asked to report back, as part of its annual benefits review, with proposals for funding the new system.
In that paper, to be debated by deputies next week, the department said it did not believe statutory maternity leave should be considered in isolation.
Therefore, it said it would delay reporting back until after the completion of the wide-ranging personal tax, pensions and benefits review being carried out jointly with Treasury.
Once introduced, the new law would mean mothers who have worked for their employer for at least 15 months will be entitled to 26 weeks maternity leave – those who have worked for less time will get 12 weeks. The 26 weeks could be split between the mother and father.
There will be no legal requirement for employers to pay staff while on maternity leave, which will be in addition to annual leave.