Useful advice on your legal maternity rights, with information on your right to maternity pay and materntiy leave
When you read about your maternity rights the following points should be taken into consideration:
- The same maternity rights apply whether you work full time or part time.
- Maternity rights apply to mothers who have a premature baby, a live birth or a stillborn baby from 24 weeks onwards.
- You have the same maternity rights whether you are an employee with a permanent contract, a fixed term contract or a temporary contract. You may also get maternity pay if you do casual work.
- If you are self-employed or do agency work you do not have the right to maternity leave, but you may still get maternity pay and have other rights.
The information contained within the website states your legal minimum rights, your employer may give better rights so you should always check your contract or ask your union or human resources department. Your employer cannot give you worse rights than your legal minimum rights as this would be against the law.