Manage a changed maternity leave start date

Key points

  • An employee who becomes pregnant must give her employer formal notification of her pregnancy by the end of the 15th week before her expected week of childbirth. This must include the fact that she is pregnant, her expected week of childbirth and the date when she intends her maternity leave to start (within the permissible parameters).
  • The employer must respond within a set time frame informing the employee of the date when her additional maternity leave will end.
  • The employee may change her mind about her maternity leave start date, so long as she gives the required notice.
  • This triggers a duty on the employer to write to her with her new maternity leave end date. A failure to do so could have significant consequences.

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