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Maternity Leave - transferred to the father
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rider1975 · 13/11/2017 13:24

Hello ladies
I’m finding it difficult to find the answer to my question. I am self employed and will not be claiming Maternity Allowance as the companies I contract to have proposed to continue making payments to me for 13 weeks during the time I’ll give birth (I will invoice them in the usual way at 90% of my average earnings). My partner, who is a normal employee under PAYE, will have been working for around 17-18 weeks when I am 25 weeks pregnant. As I understand it from HMRC website, he’s not entitled to anything at all. However, as I am not claiming anything at all myself, can I transfer any of my right to claim to him?
Thanks very much

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dementedpixie · 13/11/2017 13:55

You are maybe talking about shared paternity leave but you both need to qualify for that too

www.gov.uk/shared-parental-leave-and-pay/eligibility

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rider1975 · 13/11/2017 15:24

Thanks Pixie. As my partner has only been in his job 18 weeks, I don’t believe he is eligible for anything.

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delilahbucket · 13/11/2017 18:23

You can still continue to earn from your business while claiming maternity allowance I believe, as long as you do not actually work more than the allowed keeping in touch days.

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rider1975 · 13/11/2017 20:56

Thanks Delilah. The 3 entities I work for will all allow me to invoice them for 13 weeks at 90% of my average earnings so I’m not going to claim any benefits - it’s as if I had continued working. I thought my partner could therefore take my rights to some time off and claim something as I shan’t

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