Where a pregnant employee is suspended on health and safety grounds will this trigger their maternity leave at a certain point?
An employee's maternity leave will be triggered if they are absent from work for a pregnancy-related reason in the four-week period before their expected week of childbirth. This includes absence due to a suspension on health and safety grounds. Their maternity leave will automatically commence on the day after the first day of absence in that four-week period. However, some employers may choose to waive the right to commence the employee's maternity leave early, as allowing the maternity leave to commence on the date chosen by the employee may be simpler for administrative purposes.