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Maternity, Adoption, Paternity and Parental Leave - A glossary of terms and common abbreviations

Maternity Leave

A period of up to 52 weeks away from work for a woman who has had or is due to have a baby.

Adoption Leave

A period of up to 52 weeks away from work for the main carer of a baby or child who has been adopted.

Paternity Leave

A period of up to 4 weeks away from work at UCL;

Parental Leave

Up to 18 weeks unpaid leave away from work to care for a child, which can be requested by anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. Normally a maximum of 4 weeks can be taken in any one year.

Ordinary Maternity/Adoption Leave (OML/OAL)

The first 26 weeks of a maximum 52 weeks leave.

Additional Maternity/Adoption Leave (AML/AAL)

The last 26 weeks of a maximum of 52 weeks leave.

Additional Paternity Leave (APL)

An extended period of time away from work that can be taken by either;

This leave is transferred by the person entitled to additional maternity/adoption leave and is not in addition to this leave.

Occupational Maternity Pay

p to 18 weeks full pay, which is paid to eligible employees of UCL (regardless of length of service) who take Maternity Leave.  This will need to be repaid if an individual decides not to return to work, or chooses to return for less than 3 months.

Occupational Paternity Pay

Up to 4 weeks full pay, which is paid to eligible employees of UCL (regardless of length of service) who take Paternity Leave.  This will need to be repaid if an individual decides not to return to work, or chooses to return for less than 3 months.

Occupational Adoption Pay

Up to 18 weeks full pay, which is paid to eligible employees of UCL (regardless of length of service) who take Adoption Leave as the main carer.  This will need to be repaid if an individual decides not to return to work, or chooses to return for less than 3 months.

Statutory Maternity/Adoption Pay (SMP/SAP)

An amount paid to eligible employees for up to 39 weeks as follows:

Tax and National Insurance may need to be deducted.

Maternity Allowance (MA)

An allowance which can usually be claimed directly from the JobCentre Plus by an individual who does not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.  It is paid for up to 39 weeks at the statutory rate https://www.gov.uk/maternity-allowance/what-youll-get or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).