Maternity Benefits and Leave My Baba 10 July, 2012 Pregnancy Did you know… When you’re pregnant, you’re entitled to up to a YEAR of maternity leave? Statutory Maternity Leave 52 Weeks (one year) is the entitlement for ALL employed pregnant women. 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave, and 26 weeks of additional maternity leave. Be aware of your rights – you can request that your employer provides flexible working arrangements if you decide to return to work at the end of your leave. Your pension contributions and any other employment terms are protected while on Statutory Maternity Leave. You have extra rights if you’re made redundant while on Statutory Maternity Leave. NB: You must tell your employer you want to take Statutory Maternity Leave at LEAST 15 weeks before the beginning of the week your baby is due to arrive. Your employer may ask to see a copy of ‘MAT B1’ – this is a maternity certificate confirming the due date of your baby. You will receive this after 21 weeks. Statutory Maternity Leave can begin any time from 11 weeks before the beginning of the week when your baby is due. If you are off work BECAUSE of your pregnancy within four weeks or your due date, your employer can insist you sart your Statutory Maternity Leave then. Compulsory Maternity Leave You may decide not to take all of your Statutory Maternity Leave, but you must take two weeks (or four if you work in a factory) of ‘COMPULSORY’ Maternity Leave after the birth. Do your reasearch – YOUR COMPANY MAY HAVE THEIR OWN MATERNITY LEAVE SCHEME THAT IS MORE GENEROUS THAN THE STATUTORY SCHEME.