Manage a pregnant employee on a fixed-term contract

Key points

  • Employees on fixed-term contracts qualify for statutory maternity leave and pay in the same way as permanent employees.
  • Although statutory maternity leave will come to an end on the expiry of a fixed-term contract, the right to statutory maternity pay continues if the employee already qualifies for it.
  • The non-renewal of a fixed-term contract will be unlawful if the reason for the non-renewal is related to pregnancy, childbirth or maternity leave.

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