Pregnancy and Maternity Leave
If you are pregnant, you must notify your employer at least 15 weeks before the week your baby is due and also tell them when you intend to start maternity leave.
You are entitled to reasonable paid time off for antenatal care during pregnancy; however, fathers-to-be are entitled to unpaid leave for one or two appointments, which is capped at six and a half hours for each appointment.
If you are pregnant you have various employment maternity rights and entitlements. Fathers also have certain leave and rights. Maternity rights include protection from dismissal and pay during maternity leave.
The main rights are as follows:
- All employees are entitled to up to 52 weeks Statutory Maternity Leave.
- You will receive Statutory Maternity Pay provided you have been employed continuously for 26 weeks prior to the 15th week before your expected week of childbirth.
- Your contractual benefits, accrual of annual leave and employer pension contributions will continue throughout maternity leave.
- At the end of your Maternity Leave you have the right to return to your job. If a redundancy situation arises you must be offered suitable alternative employment if one is available.
If your employer fails to comply with your maternity rights you may have a claim.
The Employment Tribunal has very strict time-limits for making maternity rights claims; usually three months less one day from the date of your complaint. It is therefore important you seek legal advice as soon as you can.
We can help
If you need advice surrounding pregnancy and maternity leave contact our specialist employment team at one of our offices across Lincolnshire and Newark.
If you have been on Maternity Leave during COVID-19 and require further advice and guidance on your rights contact the team for a free consultation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 561020.