(A) Maternity Allowance (Bi-Weekly Cash Benefit)

How to qualify for Maternity Allowance

YOU MUST

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

TIME REQUIREMENT

• Be an insured woman on maternity leave

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 25 paid and credited contributions of which 20 must be paid within the 39 weeks immediately before the benefit is to begin

 

• Make two (2) claims on the prescribed form (MB1):
 

Please click here to download form MB1

• For period before confinement:  The claim, signed by the insured woman, is accompanied by a medical certificate signed by a registered doctor, stating the expected date of confinement

• For period after confinement: The medical certificate section on the claim must be signed by a registered doctor or midwife who assisted in the delivery

• Employer must declare claimant’s employment status.  Record the salary or wages(SM2 Form)of the insured woman 39 weeks immediately before the benefit is to begin.  Attach SM2 to the MB1

• For period before confinement: submit claim eight (8) weeks before expected date of confinement as shown on medical certificate

• For period after confinement, submit claim, three (3) weeks after the date of confinement

• If claim is not submitted within 8 weeks before confinement and 3 weeks after confinement a good reason must be given by the insured woman

 
How much and for how long is the Maternity Allowance?

Rate of Benefit Payment

Period of Benefit Payment

• 80% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings of insured woman, in 39 weeks before maternity leave commences

• The minimum benefit payable is $44.00 weekly.

• The maximum benefit is $256.00 weekly.

• A maximum of 7 weeks before confinement

• May be less than 7 weeks before confinement and more than 7 weeks after confinement

• A maximum of 14 weeks Benefit is paid in two payments; one for the period before confinement and one for the period after confinement.

(B) MATERNITY GRANT (One Lump Sum)

How to qualify for Maternity Grant

YOU MUST

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

TIME REQUIREMENT

• Be an insured woman

• Have been confined

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 25 paid contributions in the 50 weeks before confinement

OR

• Be an insured man

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 25 paid contributions in the 50 weeks before spouse's confinement

• WIFE, (married or common-law) has been confined

• WIFE does not qualify for the benefit

• The insured woman must
have claimed Maternity Benefit on the prescribed form (MB1)

• MB5 must be fully completed and signed by the insured contributor
 

• A male claimant (insured man) must make claim on the prescribed form (MB5)
 

Please click here to download form MB5

• Must present Birth Certificate or certificate of registration of birth of child, showing claimant as the father

• Can receive only one grant per calendar year (January to December)

• Employer must declare claimant’s employment status.  Record the salary or wages (SM2 form) of the insured man 50 weeks before confinement.  Attach SM2 to the MB5

• If woman is receiving maternity allowance NO SM2 is required.

• Submit claim within 3 months after date of confinement

• If claim is not submitted within 3 months after date of birth, a good reason must be given by the insured contributor and recorded on the MB5.

 

How much is the Maternity Grant?

Rate of Payment

Period of Payment

• $300.00 per child

• One-time payment

(C) SICKNESS BENEFIT immediately following MATERNITY LEAVE PERIOD (Weekly Cash Benefit)

How to qualify for Sickness Benefit following maternity leave period

YOU MUST

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

TIME REQUIREMENT

• Be unable to return to work due to complications arising from delivery

• Be 14 years or over and under 65 years

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 5 paid contributions in 13 weeks, immediately before going on Maternity Leave

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1)
The medical certificate on SB1 section must show cause of illness and number of days you are unable to work

• Claim must be signed by a registered doctor in Belize.  Claim must be signed and dated by the insured woman.

• Employer must declare claimant’s employment status.  Record the salary or wages (SM2 Form) of the insured woman 13 weeks before the week illness commenced.  Attach SM2 to the SB1Form

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1), within 4 days from the first day of illness shown on the medical certificate
 

Please click here to download form SB1

• If claim is not submitted within 4 days, good reason must be given and recorded by the insured contributor

• No sum shall be paid for any period, more than 13 weeks before the date the claim was made

 

How much and for how long is the Sickness Benefit, following maternity leave period?

Rate of Payment

Period of Payment

• 80% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings of insured contributor, in 13 weeks before Maternity Leave commenced

• If sickness period exceeds 26 weeks, additional 13 weeks are paid at 60% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings

• As of first day of illness

• Payment includes Sundays

• Payment to continue as long as employee is medically certified unable to work

• Continues as long as employee is not at work, due to illness (complications arising from delivery)

• For a maximum period of 39 weeks

 GUIDELINE FOR COMPUTING (2) MATERNITY BENEFIT

*Cash Benefit is 80% of the Average Weekly Insurable Earnings, payable for Sickness, Injury and Maternity.

*Sickness Benefit:- After 156 days of illness, weekly cash benefit for additional 78 days is calculated at 60% of the Average Weekly Insurable Earnings.  Maximum period for Sickness Benefit is 234 days, after which the insured contributor can apply for Invalidity Benefit.