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Statutory maternity leave

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What is statutory maternity leave?

The minimum entitlement to time off work for employees on maternity leave. This leave is irrespective of length of service.

It is a criminal offence for an employer to permit or require an employee to work for a period of two weeks commencing on the date of childbirth.