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Do you understand your employees' duties when it comes to maternity leave?

by , 02 May 2014
You're not the only one who has legal duties when it comes to maternity leave. Your employees have responsibilities as well. But since the buck stops with you, it's your duty to tell them about their responsibilities. This, in turn, will help you manage maternity leave well. Continue reading to find out what your employees' maternity leave duties are...

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To manage maternity leave correctly, make sure your employee is aware of her maternity leave duties

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service you must tell your employee to notify you in writing (unless she can't) of the dates on which she intends to begin maternity leave and return to work.

You must tell her to let you know:

  • At least four weeks before she intends to start her maternity leave; or
  • If it isn't reasonably practical to do so, as soon as she can. Just keep in mind that there are times when she might need to start her maternity leave earlier than planned.

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Maternity leave 101: There's no outright ban against a pregnant employee working in the four weeks leading up to the birth of her baby

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says 'instead, this leave can start at any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth, unless otherwise agreed. Or on a date from which a medical practitioner or midwife certifies it's necessary for her health or that of her unborn child.'

There you have it. Ensuring that your employees are aware of their duties will help you to make arrangements regarding their absence. As a result, you'll be able to manage maternity leave effectively.



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