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Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave

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Expand the boxes below for more information on our occupational schemes for maternity, paternity, adoption and Shared Parental Leave. 
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The maternity leave and maternity pay scheme outlined below will apply to all staff at Aston University whose terms and conditions of service have been harmonised.

This scheme has been developed in line with The Maternity and Parental Leave Act. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006. Under these Regulations if you are pregnant, you are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave, or as much of that as you wish to take, regardless of your length of service.

You are required, by law, to take maternity leave for the first two weeks following the birth of your child.

You are advised to seek advice from your HR Business Partner, as soon as practicable, to ensure that you are fully informed about all aspects of maternity leave.  This contact will be completely confidential. 

If you are a member of the staff car parking scheme please read the section on Maternity Leave and get in touch with the Security Administrator at least 2 weeks before your maternity leave commences. 

 

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The University recognises the benefits from supporting family friendly initiatives and assisting employees to achieve a balance in their work commitments and their life outside of work. This agreement sets out the rights, entitlements and obligations of employees who wish to avail themselves of the paternity leave benefits provided by the University.

If you are an employee of Aston University and you meet certain qualifying criteria, you are entitled to take two weeks Paternity Leave (OPL) and receive Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP) and/or University Paternity Pay (UPP).  You may also wish to consider taking Shared Parental Leave (please see Shared Parental Leave Policy for further information).

The University also provides benefits under the Parental Leave Agreement and the Compassionate Leave/Emergency Care of Dependants Leave Agreement.

Employees are advised to seek confidential advice from their designated HR Business Partner to ensure that they are fully informed about all aspects of the agreement.

 

You may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if:

  • your baby is due on or after 5 April 2015
  • you adopt a child on or after 5 April 2015

This policy sets out the statutory rights and responsibilities of those who wish to take statutory Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP).  

SPL is a process by which parents of a child in its first year of birth or adoption can share the mother’s maternity leave, giving parents more flexibility in the care of their child.   You may also wish to consider taking Paternity Leave (please see Paternity Leave and Pay for further information).

The University also provides benefits under the Parental Leave Agreement and the Compassionate Leave/Emergency Care of Dependants Leave Agreement.

Employees are advised to seek confidential advice from their designated HR Advisor to ensure that they are fully informed about all aspects of the Policy.

 


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