Maternity leave and pay

Bar HubermanEditor's message: To comply with their duties towards employees who are pregnant or on maternity leave, employers need to make sure that they observe the various legal aspects of maternity leave and pay.

However, going beyond the legal requirements will be of benefit to both the employer and the employee. A well-managed maternity leave, where both parties are proactive in planning for the leave, can help to ensure that everyone knows their legal duties and rights, foster good relations between the employer and the employee, and ensure that there is appropriate cover in place for the employee's work during maternity leave. Treating the employee well before and during maternity leave can also encourage her to return to work after maternity leave.

Many employers also choose to provide enhanced benefits during maternity leave, the most popular option being to pay occupational maternity pay.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor

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