Help taking time off work

Last updated: 3 March 2017

Maternity Allowance

Maternity Allowance is usually paid to you if you don't qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.

Find out more about Maternity Allowance.

Calculate maternity pay or benefits.

Maternity pay and leave

Find out more about maternity pay and leave.

Paternity leave and pay

When you take time off because your partner's having a baby or adopting a child you might be eligible for paternity leave.

Find out more about paternity leave.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

You can get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you're too ill to work. It's paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

Find out more about Statutory Sick Pay.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

A Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment to help towards the costs of having a child.

Find out more about the Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Taking sick leave

Employees only need a fit note from a doctor after 7 days off work sick. If they are ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.

Find out more about taking sick leave.