This page will guide employees and managers through the organisation and management of maternity leave for Teachers and Associated Professionals covered by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) terms and conditions.  It provides an overview of what to expect and consider before, during and at the end of maternity leave at the Council.

The buttons below enable you to click into key information as you need it at different stages of your maternity leave and also provides links to relevant forms. 

Before Maternity Leave     During Maternity Leave     End of Maternity Leave

The full maternity guidance can be found here.

Allowances

Maternity leave (teaching)

Qualification
Entitlement
If you have less than 26 weeks’ local government continuous service at the beginning  of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth
You will not be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP) but you may be entitled to claim Maternity Allowance through Jobcentre Plus.
If you have 26 weeks’ continuous service or more at the beginning  of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth and your average weekly earnings are equal to or more than the lower earnings limit for National Insurance contributions
You will be entitled to Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP) and Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for a maximum period of 39 weeks as follows:-
·       For the first 13 weeks you will get Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP) and Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) to equal your normal salary.
·       For the following 26 weeks you will get the flat rate of SMP.
·       The remaining 13 weeks of maternity leave, if taken, would be without pay.
If you have 26 weeks’ continuous service or more by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth but your average weekly earnings are less than the lower earnings limit for National Insurance contributions
You will not be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay but you may be entitled to claim Maternity Allowance through Jobcentre Plus.
You will be entitled to Occupational Maternity Pay as follows:-
·       For the first 13 weeks you will get Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP) to equal your normal salary (inclusive of any Maternity Allowance).
·       The remaining 39 weeks of your maternity leave, if taken, will be without pay.

You may be interested in the OIL Course, ‘Guide to Maternity’, further information available here.

Click on the links below for additional sources of information for both the employee and the manager.

Employee Maternity Checklist     Maternity FAQ’s     Information for Managers 

You might also be interested in

SNCT Handbook, Section 7 Family Leave

Shared Parental Leave

Employee Benefits

Other useful sources of information:

Maternity leave and pay: https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay

Maternity Allowance: https://www.gov.uk/maternity-allowance

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