Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993

Rate of benefit.

[1992, s. 19(1)]

39.—(1) Subject to this Act, the weekly rate of maternity benefit shall be an amount equal to—

(a) 70 per cent. of the reckonable weekly earnings of the woman to whom the benefit is payable in the income tax year prescribed for the purposes of this section, or

(b) such amount as shall be prescribed,

whichever is the greater.

[1992, s. 19(1)]

(2) The percentage specified in subsection (1)(a) may be varied by regulations having regard to—

(a) movements in the annual average earnings of women, and

(b) the imposition or variation of statutory deductions from or charges on earnings.

[1993, s. 8(2)]

(3) In this section “reckonable weekly earnings” means the average amount, calculated in accordance with regulations, of reckonable earnings and such other income as may be prescribed, received in a week up to such limit as may be prescribed.