Let's say your employee has notified you that she's pregnant and you're now well aware that you're supposed to give her time off as per the terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). But, do you know when your employee is supposed to start her maternity leave so you can plan accordingly for her time off?
Find out when your employees are supposed to start her maternity leave
'There's no outright ban against a pregnant woman working in the four weeks leading up to the birth of her baby,' says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
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.
Remember, for you to make arrangements regarding your employee's absence, she must notify you in writing (unless she can't) of the dates on which she intends to begin maternity leave and return to work
This means she must let you know: