Family Leave

Becoming a parent is an exciting and important time in your life. We are committed to offer working parents as much support as possible following the birth or adoption of a child by helping employees balance their career and family responsibilities.

This summary includes the pay and leave provided to new mothers, fathers and adopting parent/s. The full details are available in our Family Leave Policy available on the company intranet or from our Human Resources Team.

Maternity Leave

Wesleyan employees are entitled to 52 weeks’ Maternity Leave, regardless of their length of service. This consists of 26 weeks’ Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) immediately followed by 26 weeks’ Additional Maternity Leave (AML).

Maternity Pay

You are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) if you have been employed by Wesleyan for at least 26 weeks at the end of your qualifying week. You must continue to be employed during that week and meet the minimum earnings requirements. SMP will be paid for 39 weeks.

You may also be entitled to Company Maternity Pay (CMP) if you have more than two years’ service, this is 100% of your average weekly earnings for the first 12 weeks of your maternity leave; then 50% of your average weekly earnings for a further 13 weeks followed by SMP Lower Rate or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower for 12 weeks.

Adoption Leave

Eligible employees are entitled to 52 weeks’ Adoption Leave, regardless of their length of service. This consists of 26 weeks’ 26 weeks’ Ordinary Adoption Leave (OAL) immediately followed by 26 weeks’ Additional Adoption Leave (AAL).

Adoption Pay

You are entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) if you have been employed by Wesleyan for at least 26 weeks. You must continue to be employed during that week and meet the minimum earnings requirements. SMP will be paid for 39 weeks.

You may also be entitled to Enhanced Adoption Pay (EAP) if you have more than two years’ service, this is 100% of your average weekly earnings for the first 12 weeks of your adoption leave; then 50% of your average weekly earnings for a further 13 weeks followed by SAP Lower Rate or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower for 12 weeks.

Paternity Leave

If you’re the biological father of the child, the mother’s/pregnant parent’s partner, the child’s adopter or partner of the child’s adopter, and have 26 weeks’ service by the Qualifying Week (QW) or Matching Week, you can take up to two weeks’ Paternity Leave to care for the child and/or support the mother/pregnant parent or adopter following the birth or adoption of a child.

Paternity Leave can be taken in a single block of either one or two complete weeks and must be taken within 56 days of the birth or adoption of the child.

Paternity Pay

You are entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) or 90% of your average weekly earnings whichever is the lower if you have been employed by Wesleyan for at least 26 weeks. If you have been employed by Wesleyan for more than 2 years you will be entitled to the enhanced payment of 2 weeks’ salary based on your average weekly earnings.

Parental Leave

Employees with parental responsibilities for children under 18 years old with at least one year’s continuous service are entitled to take unpaid time off to care for their child. A maximum of four weeks’ leave for each child can be taken during any year.

Shared Parental Leave

If you are the mother/ pregnant parent, father, main adopter of a child, or the partner of the mother/ pregnant parent or main adopter and you have responsibility for the child, you may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

Shared Parental Leave Pay

You are entitled to Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if you have been employed by Wesleyan for at least 26 weeks. You must continue to be employed during that week and meet the minimum earnings requirements. The amount of ShPP available will be reduced by the number of weeks’ statutory maternity/adoption pay or maternity allowance already taken by the mother/pregnant parent or main adopter.

If you have more than 26 weeks’ service but less than 2 years you will receive 90% of average weekly earnings for 6 weeks followed by ShPP or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower from week 7 to week 39.

If you have over 2 years’ service you will receive 100% of average weekly earnings (note: first 2 weeks cannot be shared) for of 12 weeks followed by 50% of average weekly earnings for weeks 13 to 26 and lower rate ShPP for weeks 27 to 39.

Time Off for Dependants

If your child is ill within the first 6 months of your return to work, then you may be granted up to 3 days’ paid leave to care for them.