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Maternity Leave | Meaning and Definition

What is maternity leave?

Maternity leave is a form of leave taken by mothers or birthing parents in the weeks which lead to and following the birth of their child. It can also apply when adopting a kid in specific instances. Maternity leave is governed by local labor laws, which vary from one jurisdiction to the next. It might be compensated, uncompensated, or partially compensated.

Maternity leave is intended to provide new moms with enough time to give birth, recuperate, care for, and connect with their newborn before returning to work. The employer has a legal responsibility to keep the employee’s job throughout this time.

In addition to statutory leave, certain businesses may include maternity benefits in their employment contracts. 

If you’re entitled to maternity leave in your country, you’ll usually need to tell your employer well ahead of time. The amount of time this should be done in advance will be determined by local legislation. 

You may need to submit documents to the relevant local council to apply for maternity leave if it is funded through social security. If your company is in charge of providing maternity leave benefits, they will most likely do so through normal payroll.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

For first and second-time mothers, the Maternity Benefit Act 1961 states that she can take 6 months, or 26 weeks, off. With every subsequent child, the mother can avail 3 months, or 12 weeks, off for her maternity leave,

The pregnant employee can take up to 8 weeks of maternity leave before delivery and 18 weeks after post-delivery.

Any woman employed in an organization is entitled to maternity benefit under the provisions of this Act may give notice in writing in such form as may be prescribed, to her employer.

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