LEAVE FOR ANTE NATAL CARE, MATERNITY LEAVE, MATERNITY SUPPORT LEAVE AND PATERNITY LEAVE, PARENTAL LEAVE, ADOPTION LEAVE, ADOPTION SUPPORT LEAVE, TIME OFF FOR DEPENDANTS

Maternity guide for police officers >>

For police maternity scheme provisions see Police Regulations 2003, Regulation 29 and Annex L and Regulation 33 and Annex R, and also the Police Federation’s “Guide to Family Leave and Flexible Working” handbook and Maternity Leaflet which is available from your JBB office. Further guidance is contained in Home Office
Circular 29/2003.

Leave for ante-natal care

All female members have the right to paid time off to attend appointments for ante-natal care, subject to production of relevant documentation if requested.

Maternity Leave

The maximum period of maternity leave is 15 months, which can be taken in one or more periods. The period during which maternity leave can be taken commences six months before the expected week of childbirth and ends no later than 12 months afterwards. The ability to take maternity leave in more than one period allows the member to return to work for a court appearance, training course, etc., and then resume maternity leave. It can also be used to take annual leave during a break in maternity leave, if not all annual leave can be carried over to the next leave year.

The scheme allows members to choose when they will commence any period of maternity leave provided that a period of maternity commences no later than the expected date of childbirth.

Paid Maternity Leave

18 weeks paid maternity leave is available to a female member who:

  1. at the beginning of the eleventh week before the expected date of birth, has served continuously for a period of not less than one year, and
  2. at 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth remains pregnant or has given birth prematurely and at that date the baby remains alive.

Members entitled to paid maternity leave will be paid for the first 18 weeks of their leave. Part-time members will be paid for the first three months at the rate calculated by reference to their appropriate factor.  Members can request that the final 5 weeks are spread over 10 weeks at hal pay per week.

Statutory Maternity Leave

Members who have at least 26 weeks’ service by the end of the 15th week before the expected date of birth are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for 39 weeks. Please refer to the Federation’s leaflet on Maternity for details.

Maternity Support Leave (which incorporates previous provisions for Paternity Leave)

These provisions are found in Annex S of Police Regulations.

A member who is the child’s father or the mother’s partner or the nominated carer (nominated by the expectant mother) is entitled to 2 weeks’ maternity support leave, at or around the time of birth. The first week of maternity support leave will be on full pay.

Members who have 26 weeks’ continuous service at the 15th week before the expected week of confinement will be entitled to be paid for the second week at statutory paternity pay rate.

Parental leave

Members who have served continuously for a period of not less than a year; and have, or expect to have, legal parental responsibility for a child are entitled to 13 weeks’ unpaid parental leave in respect of each individual child for the purpose of caring for that child. Different conditions apply according to the age of the child, or whether the child is born to the member or placed with him/her for adoption. Where the child is entitled to a disability living allowance the entitlement is 18 weeks’ parental leave.

The period during which the leave may be taken is specified in Regulation 33, Annex S. Generally the leave must be taken before the child’s 5th birthday or the 5th anniversary of the placement, or, for disabled children, before the child’s 18th birthday. The arrangements for taking the leave need to be agreed with the chief officer. For further details contact the JBB.

Adoption Leave

A member who is a child’s adoptive parent is entitled to 1 week’s adoption leave on full pay, at or around the time of the adoption, irrespective of their length of service.

Members who have completed 26 weeks’ service by the end of the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child for adoption will be entitled to take up to 52 week’s Statutory Adoption Leave – the first 39 weeks with Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), followed by 13 weeks of unpaid Additional Adoption Leave, around the time of placement of the child. The adoption leave referred to above will be included within this entitlement, at the full rate of pay.

The PNB has agreed (see PNB Circular 06/5 (Advisory)) that officers with 1 year’s continuous service will be entitled to full pay for the first 13 weeks’ adoption leave, followed by up to 26 weeks at Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), then 13 weeks of unpaid adoption leave. These entitlements include the 1 week’s adoption leave on full pay mentioned above. The PNB Circular also contains details about the timing of adoption leave. The agreement has been approved by the Secretary of State in HOC 01/2007.

Adoption Support Leave

A member who is the spouse or partner of an adoptive parent is entitled to 2 weeks’ adoption support leave, at or around the time of adoption.

The first week of adoption support leave will be on full pay. Members who have 26 weeks’ continuous service at the notification week will be entitled to be paid for the second week at statutory paternity pay rate.

Time off for Dependants

These provisions are found at Annex T of the Police Regulations.

A member is entitled to take reasonable paid time off during normal duty periods in order to take necessary action to care for or make arrangements for a dependant. Dependant includes a spouse, child, parent or someone who lives in the same house as the member. The member must tell the chief officer the reason for the absence as soon as reasonably practicable, and, if possible, state how long he/she expects to be absent.

Where any period of any of the above categories of paid leave coincides with a statutory payment, police pay will be offset by the statutory payment. As at summer 2009, this point is being considered further by the Police Negotiating Board. For the up to the date position contact your JBB office or visit www.polfed.org