Is maternity pay fair? Watch
It is actually far less generous than you are suggesting
You only get 90% of your pay for 6 week then a maximum of £138.18 (which would be £3.45 on a 40 hour week- much less than the minimum wage) for 33 weeks - after that nothing
And I said in my previous post many business can claim 103% of maternity pay back.
If people in this thread are going to potificate on something it really is a good idea to have a vague idea of what you are talking about...
Still never let the facts get in the way of having a go
'Many businesses' - only ones that qualify for small employers relief. Other businesses can claim some money back, but this is less than the 103% that you quoted.
The average working week 36 hours, which would give you a wage of around £5. The maternity pay still lasts for 8 months, out of the 12 months women can take off for maternity leave. This is statutory maternity pay though, and I suspect most middle/large businesses would have a maternity pay package rather than paying the statutory pay too.
And I do have a 'vague idea' of what I'm talking about, but I was simply stating my opinion on how I think the maternity pay system should be changed.