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Maternity leave and pay

Author: Lynda Macdonald

Introduction

This line manager briefing covers the basic rights of employees who become pregnant and take maternity leave. It should be noted that the rights and duties discussed in this briefing are the minimum statutory rights and duties. Individual employers may offer their employees contractual entitlements over and above the minimum statutory rights. Employees' contractual terms may therefore be the source of further rights and duties that line managers will be required to take into account.

Line managers should take note that parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015 are entitled to statutory shared parental leave if they meet certain eligibility requirements. See Shared parental leave.