Maternity Leave Pay

FOI Number: 20010

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Published on 22 March 2022

Ref: FOI/20010

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th January 2020.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

We would like to receive data relating to maternity leave pay made by your fire and rescue service, the below questions cover the 52 week period (Ordinary Maternity Leave and Additional Maternity Leave):

  1. What pay does a firefighter receive for first 6 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?
  2. What pay does a firefighter receive for the next 12 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?
  3. What pay does a firefighter receive during for the next 21 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?
  4. What pay does a firefighter receive during for the remaining 13 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?
  5. Attach a copy of your most recent FRS maternity policy.
Q1. What pay does a firefighter receive for first 6 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave? Q2. What pay does a firefighter receive for the next 12 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave? Q3.What pay does a firefighter receive during for the next 21 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave? Q4. What pay does a firefighter receive during for the remaining 13 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?

Reply

  • 6 weeks at full pay; followed by
  • 12 weeks at half pay plus SMP (unless this total exceeds full pay);
  • and then 21 weeks at half pay or statutory maternity pay (SMP) (whichever is greater) If the employee does not intend to return to work they will only receive the 33 weeks of SMP rate after 6 weeks and not half pay.
  • The remaining 13 weeks of maternity leave is unpaid.

All of this is detailed in our Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy which is attached.

Reply

Please see attached.

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