For statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay purposes, the qualifying week is the 15th week before EWC (when a woman is approx. 25 weeks' pregnant). To qualify for statutory family pay an employee must have 26 weeks continuous service with their employer at the qualifying week. Until 31 December 2019 in order to qualify for the University's contractual family leave benefits employees needed to have 26 weeks continuous service at the qualifying week. With effect from 1 January 2020 the University changed its family leave rules and this qualifying length of service criterion no longer applies to the contractual scheme. All staff who have started work with the University, have not yet started their family leave and intend to return to work after their leave, will be eligible for the contractual family leave schemes (with the exception of Shared Parental Leave which requires both parents to meet statutory scheme eligibility criteria). Details of how this applies to each scheme are available in the scheme guidance.
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