Google Adwords 0808 278 1398 Bing Ads 0808 274 4482

What maternity leave are employees entitled to?

All new mothers are entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ leave. You need to be aware that every woman must take at least two weeks’ compulsory leave after the birth of a baby (or four weeks if they work in a factory).

The first 26 weeks of leave is known as ordinary maternity leave. The 26 weeks after this is known as additional maternity leave.

The earliest maternity leave can usually begin is 11 weeks before the expected due date. If the baby arrives early, maternity leave will automatically begin the following day. Maternity leave can also be triggered if an employee is off sick with a pregnancy related illness in the four weeks before the expected due date.

For the latest information on statutory maternity leave entitlement, take a look at the GOV UK website.

Related FAQs

Expert legal advice you can rely on,
get in touch today

Please let us know you are not a robot

Your local legal experts

Why QualitySolicitors?

With QualitySolicitors your first initial assessment is free, so you can call us without worrying about being charged for a call you might not have actually needed to make. And because we place our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we make these five customer service promises to make sure you'll feel properly looked after.

This is why, in the first instance, most people looking for legal help in relation to a 'Home And Property' call QualitySolicitors for a Free Initial Assessment over the phone before requesting our Ask the Legal Expert service; which is an introductory 45-minute face-to-face consultation for £99.