Maternity related FAQs
Q. WHAT IS THE LATEST DATE ON WHICH A PERSON CAN START THEIR MATERNITY LEAVE?
A. There are five scenarios:
- The expectant Mum is absent due to a maternity related illness during the 4 weeks immediately before the due date: the maternity leave is automatically triggered on the first day of absence due to a maternity related condition during that 4-week period.
- A baby is born before the due date: in this case, maternity leave commences on the day following the date of the birth.
- A baby is born on the due date: maternity leave commences on the day following the date of the birth.
- A baby is born after the due date: a mother is free to choose how long she works and if a baby arrives later than the due date, maternity leave commences on the date the baby is born.
- The expectant Mum has provided you with notice of her wish to commence maternity leave on a particular date(prior to the date on the MATB1 form) in which case the period of maternity leave will commence on the date notified to you (subject to sufficient notice having been provided to you) of that earlier start date).
Q. AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS A TEACHER OR MEMBER OF THE SUPPORT STAFF WHO WORKS TERM TIME ONLY IS DUE TO GIVE BIRTH DURING THE FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER, DOES SHE HAVE THE RIGHT TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE SUMMER CLOSURE PERIOD BEFORE COMMENCING HER MATERNITY LEAVE?
A. Only if the baby has not already been born during the summer school closure period.