Citizens Advice Bureau Jersey

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LOCAL INFORMATION

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Employment in Jersey

Extent: Jersey
Updated 19 September 2019
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The law applies to children born or adopted from 2nd September 2018.

 

Maternity Leave

The employee is entitled to take up to 26 weeks leave, the first six weeks of which must be paid by the employer.  Any Maternity Benefit or Short Term Incapacity Allowance is deducted from this.  There is no qualifying period so this is effective from day one of employment.

Any pregnant employee is entitled to take paid time off work to attend ante-natal appointments.  After the first appointment, the employee must show the employer a certificate from a medical professional stating they are pregnant and confirmation of the appointment.  The right to attend is extended to their spouse, partner or father of the child for up to ten appointments.

An employer must not require an employee to work during the six weeks immediately after giving birth (compulsory leave).   The employee can agree to work “keeping in touch” days, but cannot be required to work.

The employer must confirm the employee’s date to return to work.  Should the employee wish to return to work either before or after the confirmed date, they must give their employer four weeks’ notice.

The employee is entitled to return to the same job they left on terms and conditions that are no less favourable than if they had not been absent.

 

Adoption Leave

The employee is entitled to take up to 26 weeks leave, the first six weeks of which must be paid by the employer.

An employee has the right to adoption leave if they are the child’s adopter, have an official notification of a placement date and have informed their employer correctly. 

The start date must be no more than 14 days before the placement/arrival date and no later than the placement/arrival date.

 

Parental Leave

The employee is entitled to take up to 26 weeks leave, the first two weeks of which must be paid by the employer.

An employee has the right to take parental leave if:

  • They expect to have responsibility for raising the child (even if the child is stillborn or dies), and
  • They are the father of the child, or
  • They are the spouse or partner of the mother/adopter, and
  • They have notified the employer correctly.

Adoption and Parental Leave may be taken as 26 weeks consecutively or in up to three blocks, not less than two weeks each.  Employers may allow more blocks and/or less days per block at their discretion.  The leave may start on the day the child is born/adopted or a predetermined date.

 

Notification to employers must:

  • State the expected week of birth/placement/date of arrival if the child is being adopted from overseas, and
  • The length of leave they have chosen to take, and
  • The date the leave will begin, and
  • Be given by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth, or
  • No more than seven days or as soon as practically possible after notification of adoption.

The employee may change the start date if the placement/arrival date changes.  They must inform their employer no less than 28 days before the original start date or as soon as practically possible.

 

The leave period counts as continuous service.