THE VALLEY, Anguilla, The ANGUILLA SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN MATERNITY BENEFIT WEEKS AND FIRST IN THE REGION TO INTRODUCE PATERNITY BENEFIT
The Social Security Board is now required to pay Maternity Benefit for 14 weeks instead of 13 weeks and a Paternity Benefit up to 16 weeks after confinement, in line with the 2019 consequential amendments to the Labour (Relations) Act 2018, which was assented to on January 3, 2019, hence effective date of retroactive payments.
As a result of these consequential amendments to the Labour (Relations) Act 2018, the Social Security Act is amended to include Paternity Benefit. That is, the Social Security Office is required to make a payment of periodical payments to an insured man who is the father of the baby or the husband of an insured wife. The Board is the first Social Security system in the region to introduce a Paternity Benefit.
The qualifying conditions, the conditions to be satisfied for the Paternity Benefit, is 26 weeks of contributions paid into the system, as it is the base qualifier for all other existing benefits.
The rate of the Paternity Benefit is based on the average salary over the 26 weeks before the confinement; that is, for a period between 1 and 26 weeks, divided by 26.
The weekly rate of Paternity Benefit shall be 60% of the average weekly insurable earnings of the insured person in the 26 weeks immediately preceding confinement and the daily rate shall be the weekly rate divided by 6.
The consequential amendments also required the Board to increase the number of weeks for the payment of Maternity Benefit allowance from 13 to 14. Therefore, a maternity allowance shall be payable for a period starting from a date not earlier than 6 weeks before the expected date of confinement and continuing until either the expiration of 14 weeks from the date the benefit was first paid, or 6 weeks from the date on which the confinement occurs, whichever is the later.