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Wiltshire Police Federation

New maternity guide and calculator

20 February 2023

Polfed News

A new maternity guide and calculator is now available for our members to ensure they get the right information about entitlements and pay.

The booklet highlights what to expect during pregnancy, maternity leave and on return to work. There are also a range of entitlements available to partners.

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The guide has received a new element which is the calculator. The calculator will enable officers to calculate their accurate pay by entering in certain information on dates.

The calculator also allows members to put different dates in for different scenarios i.e., longer leave premature birth or sick from pregnancy-related reasons in the weeks prior to their due date.

PFEW Equality Lead Ian Saunders said: “Maternity rules operate differently for police officers than any other woman in the country as officers receive two types of pay: Police Maternity Pay, and Statutory Maternity Pay - but only get police maternity leave and not statutory leave.

“It’s also extremely complex what happens to police officers’ pay if they are off work early and we find many forces keep getting it wrong - so in the event of pregnancy-related illness or premature labour, our calculator will be able to help those who need to know exactly what they are entitled to.”

You can find the maternity guide and calculator here.

If you need further advice, local Federation branches are also on hand to assist. Their contact details can be found here.