A Guide to Maternity Rights

This note provides a brief summary of rights to time off for antenatal appointments, maternity leave and pay.

Key points

  • Employees are entitled to paid reasonable time off for antenatal care.
  • Pregnant employees have the right to 52 weeks' maternity leave.
  • Employees do not have to take 52 weeks if they do not want to, however, the first two weeks following the birth must be taken or four weeks for those who work in a factory...
  • Read the guide