Maternity Pay: The proposal to increase statutory maternity pay from 39 to 52 weeks has been postponed indefinitely. However, the European Commission is proposing to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive (92/85/EC); one of the proposals is that member states will have to give pregnant workers 20 weeks’ full pay. It is estimated that this would cost the UK £2 billion pounds a year. The Government is lobbying hard against it. The 20-week full-pay proposal will go before the full European Parliament in early March and any new laws would not come into effect for approximately 18 months to 2 years.