Guidelines for Employees

Maternity leave benefit

Maternity leave benefit is paid by the company or organisation depending upon her regular income over 14 weeks. Yet she due to award additional 4 weeks but that must be done when she returns to work and should inform her company in writing. Provide that both parties should be agreed regarding this concern and employer should declare this process on the declaration form. Employer not liable to pay those 4 weeks its the government who shall remain responsible to pay those 4 weeks. Kindly note she can apply online or either visiting the office. The additional 4 weeks benefit received when the claimant entered into 18th weeks period and the amount is 179.33 per weeks.

The procedure of first 14 weeks:

In case of Maternity Benefit, a completed application must be submitted to the Department of Social Security when applicant reaches the 8th month of pregnancy and by not later than six months from the date of birth of the child. All sections of the form should be completed and signed by the applicant. Payment is effected in two lump sums (if the application is lodged before birth) and in one lump sum (if the application is submitted after birth). For Adoption Benefit, the same application is used for Maternity Benefit but has to be submitted after the adoption procedure is finalised with the adopted child living in Malta with his/her adoptive parents.

Policy:

Mothers who satisfy the condition of either pregnancy or else in the case of adopting mothers, provide necessary adoption documents are entitled to Maternity Benefit or Adoption Benefit for a period of fourteen (14) weeks.

Documents required:

1. The applicant has to fill in an application form for Maternity Benefit;

2. In case of adoption, copies of official adoption documents translated either in Maltese or English must be submitted together with the application, including proof of date of entry of child in Malta (passports etc.)

Eligibility:

Any pregnant woman or adopting parent who fulfils the criteria set out by the Social Security Act will be eligible for a Maternity/ Adoption Benefit. These are:

· The applicant is a citizen of Malta or married to a citizen of Malta or is a citizen of a European Union Member State and is ordinarily resident in Malta.

· The applicant has to be in her eight months of pregnancy or has given birth to a child in the six months prior to the date of the claim.

· Applicant must not have availed of 14 weeks of paid Maternity Leave or Adoption Leave from a place of work.

Any person wishing to apply for Maternity/Adoption Benefit may do so by filling in the prescribed application form. Such form may be obtained from the Department of Social Security or any Social Security District office. Alternatively, an application form can also be downloaded from http://socialsecurity.gov.mt

The procedure of 4 weeks:

When completed the application must reach the Department of Social Security when applicant ends her 18th week of paid maternity/adoption leave and by not later than six months from this date. All sections of the form should be completed and where applicable endorsed by the applicant’s employer. Payment is effected in one lump sum.

Documents required:

The applicant has to fill in an application form for Maternity Leave Benefit.

1. In the case of Maternity Leave Benefit, Part 2 of the form has to be endorsed by the employer.

2. In case of adoption, copies of official adoption documents translated either in Maltese or English must be submitted together with the application, including proof of date of entry of child in Malta (passports etc.)

3. The form is not to be submitted before the end of the 18th week of maternity leave and not later than 6 months following this date

4. The form is not to be submitted before the end of the 18th week of maternity leave and not later than 6 months following this date.

Policy:

An employed woman who has recently given birth and avails herself of the full 14 weeks of paid maternity leave entitlement from her place of work as stipulated by the Maltese labour law will be eligible to a Maternity Leave Benefit covering a period of four (4) weeks.

Eligibility

A woman may be eligible to Maternity Leave Benefit if the following criteria are fulfilled:

1. An applicant is a citizen of Malta or married to a citizen of Malta or is a citizen of a European Union Member State and is ordinarily resident in Malta.

2. An applicant is an employed person and avails herself of the full maternity leave entitlement as stipulated by the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (Cap 452 of the Laws of Malta), that is the first 14 weeks paid maternity leave by an employee

Any person wishing to apply for Maternity /Adoption Leave benefit may do so by filling in the prescribed application form. Such form may be obtained from the Department of Social Security or any Social Security District office. Alternatively, an application form can also be downloaded from http://socialsecurity.gov.mt

Tax/NI

Tax: Will pay the same even the claimants on benefits periods. Benefits will replace her wages and she obliged to pay her regular tax

NI: Will be paid only for the first 14 weeks cause it is from her income thou its benefit yet its counted as income referring to the guidelines and then the next 4 weeks is exempted since claimant is not working during the time.

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