Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2002 come into force

Implementation date: 24 November 2002

The Regulations extend ordinary maternity leave from 18 to 26 weeks and extend additional maternity leave so as to end 26 weeks from the end of ordinary maternity leave rather than 29 weeks after the week of childbirth. An employee qualifies for additional maternity leave if she has been continuously employed for at least 26 weeks at the beginning of the 14th week before the expected week of childbirth, rather than, as previously, at least a year at the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth. The Regulations can be viewed on the OPSI website.
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