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maternity leave and pay

Are you a Mum-to-be and in work? This section covers the basic (sometimes called statutory) rights that employers must provide for new mothers who work for them.

Your employer may offer better rights than the legal minimum and you need to check your contract of employment, your staff handbook, or perhaps a special leaflet that the personnel department may provide in larger organisations to find out your entitlement with your current employer.

  • What time off work am I entitled to in relation to maternity?  more...
  • I am expecting a child. What are my employment rights?  more...
  • What is Ordinary Maternity Leave?  more...
  • When can I take maternity leave?  more...
  • What is Additional Maternity Leave (AML)?  more...
  • Do I have to take maternity leave, even if I don稚 want to?  more...
  • What notice do I need to give if I want to take maternity leave?  more...
  • Once I知 on maternity leave, do I have to let my employer know that I知 returning to work?  more...
  • Will I have the same job when I return from maternity leave?  more...
  • Can I work flexible hours when I return from maternity leave?  more...
  • Am I entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)?  more...
  • How much can I expect in Statutory Maternity Pay?  more...
  • My employer says I知 not eligible for maternity pay as I知 a worker rather than an employee. Is this right?  more...
  • I知 not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay. Are there any other benefits I知 entitled to instead?  more...
  • I致e been sacked because I知 pregnant. What can I do?  more...
  • What happens if I am sick during pregnancy, maternity leave, or when I was supposed to return to work?  more...
  • Can I take time off work to attend antenatal classes?   more...
  • I want to carry on breastfeeding my baby for as long as possible. What rights do I have which will help me to do this?  more...
  • What happens to my Statutory Maternity Pay if my job ends?  more...
  • Do I have to repay my maternity pay if I don't go back to work?  more...
  • I work part-time. Are my maternity rights different from those of full-time workers?  more...
  • If I go for a job interview, do I have to tell them that I'm pregnant?  more...
  • My maternity leave is about to finish and I am pregnant again. What are my rights?  more...
  • My contract of employment does not make clear my entitlement to maternity leave and maternity pay. What should I do?  more...
  • I've got two part-time jobs. Do I get maternity pay for both?  more...
  • I am already on maternity leave. Am I allowed to change the date that I will return to work?  more...
  • Can I do any work for my employer while on maternity leave?  more...
  • Can my husband or partner take paid time off to attend antenatal classes?  more...
  • Can I get time off for antenatal classes as a temporary agency worker?  more...

further information

Maternity rights are complicated, as everyone痴 situation is different so you may need further advice than we offer in this section. You can visit our free help page for general advice and help organisations, but here are some organisations you can go to for further help on this specific topic:

Maternity Action (advice to pregnant women and new parents) - 020 7253 2288 - www.maternityaction.org.uk

Working Families: free, confidential helpline for parents and carers which gives advice on employment rights and benefits. The service is open to parents, carers and their advisers: 0800 013 0313 www.workingfamilies.org.uk

The Health and Safety Executive provides information for new and expectant mothers on their website here.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides advice and information on issues relating to workplace discrimination in England, Scotland and Wales, including telephone helplines:

  • 0845 604 6610 (England)
  • 0845 604 5510 (Scotland)
  • 0845 604 8810 (Wales)

equalityhumanrights.com

In Northern Ireland, you can get help and information from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Helpline: 028 90 500 600 equalityni.org

HM Revenue and Customs (tax credits) For calls in England, Wales and Scotland: 0845 300 3900 (8am-8pm) For calls in Northern Ireland: 0845 603 2000 (8am-8pm) www.hmrc.gov.uk (see also Tax Credits - your questions answered)

Benefits Agency (your local office will be in the phone book). This information is available from the Department of Work and Pensions - www.dwp.gov.uk

There are soon going to be major changes to the law on maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay. These changes, contained in the Children and Families Act 2014 will affect babies born, matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.

The changes will make it easier for a woman to decide to share some of her maternity leave with her partner if she wants to.

The law in this section of workSMART reflects the position before these changes become law. If you want to stay up to date with these changes, visit the TUC Parents and Carers page for the latest developments.