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No. A woman will be entitled to another period
of maternity leave, even if she becomes pregnant again while on maternity leave.
Depending on when the second baby is due this could mean that she returns to
work for a short period of time before starting her second period of maternity
leave. Alternatively, she might not have to return to work at all. This is more
likely to be the case if she extends her absence by taking a period of parental
leave following on immediately after her maternity leave or has some accrued
holiday to use up.
The employee will not necessarily be entitled to statutory maternity pay during the second period of maternity
leave. This is because to qualify for statutory maternity
pay her average weekly earnings during the eight weeks up to and including
the qualifying week must be at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions.
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