Maternity and paternity

Most pregnant employees are entitled to maternity leave and maternity pay, while new fathers are entitled to paternity leave and paternity pay. Similar entitlements apply for employees who adopt a child.

Understanding employees' rights is essential if you are to maintain good working relationships and avoid claims against you.

Maternity leave and maternity pay

All pregnant employees are entitled to paid time-off for ante-natal care and can take up to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave. Maternity leave can begin any time from 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth. New mothers must take a minimum of two weeks leave after the birth of a child (or four weeks if the mother works in a factory).

This briefing contains essential information you need to know about the maternity and paternity rights of your employees.

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