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Maternity leave and pay

Author: Lynda Macdonald


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.

This line manager briefing is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes, which should be used in conjunction with the briefing. The briefing and PowerPoint presentation can be adapted for use, subject to the XpertHR terms and conditions of use.

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