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To think the first 2 weeks of babys birth Mat Pay ought to be compulsory 100% of your wage?

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NapQueen Mon 03-Apr-17 07:02:32

Legally employees are not allowed to return to work in the 2 weeks after giving birth (longer, 4 weeks? If factory work).

Aibu therefore to expect the smp to be 100% of their usual wage during this time?

ajandjjmum Mon 03-Apr-17 07:03:48

Great idea, but where's the money going to come from?

nutbrownhare15 Mon 03-Apr-17 07:06:02

You get 90% of pay for first 6 weeks. That's pretty close to 100% tbh.

NapQueen Mon 03-Apr-17 07:06:27

Its currently 90% so not a massive jump, but I think represents more than the extra bit of money.

NameNotANumber Mon 03-Apr-17 07:08:41

Not a massive jump but the money has to come from somewhere.

And actually your costs are lower when off work as no commute / buying lunch etc.

SexTrainGlue Wed 05-Apr-17 07:35:50

If you cannot work for temporary bodily reasons, isn't your entitlement to sick pay, which is not necessarily your full wage (SSP is just under £90 per week, can be payable as early as 4 day off and round out entirely at 28 weeks).

Maternity pay is significantly more valuable over time than sick pay, partly because of the recognition that it is exceptionally rare for women to take only the mandatory minimum.

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