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Hetal Gir

Astute HR

Hetal Gir is a Senior Associate Employment Law Solicitor at Astute HR Ltd, with over 10 years’ experience of advising both Claimant and Respondent clients across a broad spectrum of both contentious and non- contentious employment law and HR matters. Hetal regularly advises senior professionals and HR departments across a broad range of sectors and has experience of ET advocacy. Her practical and commercial approach to resolving matters along with her strong negotiation skills has led to excellent results and client feedback. Today Hetal talks about entitlement to maternity leave and pay.”


Are you entitled to normal pay for keeping in touch days (KIT)?

26 November 2019
The regulations that cover maternity rights do not state what an employee should be paid for working a KITS day but employers are expected to pay your normal rate of pay.

When you are on maternity leave, do you get full pay?

13 August 2019
It’s worth seeing what other help and benefits you're entitled to - such as Child Tax Credit, Healthy Start vouchers and a Sure Start grant. You can claim some benefits before you give birth, so it’s worth checking as soon as you can.

How long you're entitled to maternity pay and leave?

30 July 2019
Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the last 26 weeks as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.

How do you qualify for maternity pay?

23 July 2019
You cannot get Statutory Maternity Leave if you have a child through surrogacy - you could get Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay instead.

Can an agency worker qualify for maternity pay?

16 July 2019
Yes, but only if you qualify. As an agency worker, to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) you must...

What is the qualifying period for maternity pay and leave?

05 June 2018
Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the last 26 weeks as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.
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