Please set out key requirements and things that might catch an employer out in relation to maternity leave and maternity rights before and after leave has been taken.

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 April 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered:

Maternity rights - before leave is taken

Right to time off for ante-natal care

All pregnant employees, regardless of length of service, are entitled to a reasonable time off work for antenatal care. This time off must be paid at the normal remuneration rate.

Employers should be aware that ante-natal care can encompass relaxation as well as actual ante-natal appointments.

Protection against unfair dismissal

An employee will be treated as having been unfairly dismissed if the principal reason for dismissal is the pregnancy of the employee. In such circumstances, the one-year continuous service requirement is not required to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Any dismissal pregnancy-related

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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