Advise an employee on her official maternity notification obligations

Key points

  • In practice, an employee is likely to let her employer know, informally, that she is pregnant after her first ultrasound scan at 12 weeks.
  • However, to exercise her right to maternity leave, the employee must provide specified information about her pregnancy and intended maternity leave by the end of the 15th week before her expected week of childbirth.
  • It will be helpful if the employer gives the employee an indication of by when it must receive this information, and the earliest that she may begin her maternity leave, based on the informal due date that the employee has been given.

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