When you are pregnant and you are about to have your baby you should be eligible for statutory maternity leave, statutory maternity pay, paid time off for antenatal care as well as possibly some extra help from the government. You can discuss any of these things with the maternity allowance head office on 0843 178 4192.
How Much Maternity Leave Are Mothers Entitled To?
Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks which consists of the first 26 weeks (ordinary maternity leave) and the last 26 weeks (additional maternity leave) although you do not have to take the full 52 weeks but after the birth of your baby you must take at least 2 weeks off or 4 weeks if you work in a factory.
The earliest start date of your maternity leave is 11 weeks before the due date of your baby. Your maternity leave will automatically start the day after the birth of your baby or if you’re off work due to a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks before your babies due date (Sunday to Saturday).
To be entitled to statutory maternity leave you but be an employee (not a worker) and you must give your employer appropriate notice.
Am I Entitled To Tax Credits On Maternity Leave?
When on maternity leave you may be eligible for child tax credits as well as some other benefits to help you provide for your new baby. You can check which benefits you could be eligible for you can contact the maternity allowance head office on 0843 178 4192. If you receive working tax credits you will continue to receive working tax credits for 39 weeks after you start your maternity leave.
Bank Holiday Entitlement On Maternity Leave
If your work contract allows for paid public holidays (such as Christmas and bank holidays) these should continue during your maternity leave as a part of your holiday entitlement.