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22 JUL 2013

Maternity Leave - The Basics

Pam Loch

Managing Partner


Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was announced the arrival of the royal baby has been a hot topic for discussion.

Early maternity leave is popular with mums-to-be if they can afford to stop working early. Kate went on maternity leave on 13 June - which has given her just over a month off before her supposed due date (initially reported as 13 July).  Many mums however prefer to stay at work as long as possible so they have more time with their baby when it is born. Usually, the earliest maternity leave can start is 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth. If the baby arrives early, leave will start the day after the birth or automatically if the mum to be has been off work for a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks before the due date.

Statutory Maternity Leave is 52 weeks and is made up of 26 weeks of Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave. However new mums don't have to take the full 52 weeks but must take 2 weeks' leave after the baby is born.  Fathers are entitled to two weeks paid paternity leave. If the new mum returns to work, the father of the child could take extra paid leave (up to 26 weeks) instead to look after the child known as Additional Paternity leave.

Prince William plans to take only two weeks of paternity leave from the RAF when the royal baby arrives.  The length of Kate's maternity leave has not been confirmed yet but reports state her diary has been kept clear until the New Year. 

Pam Loch and Ruby Dinsmore, of niche employment law practice, Loch Associates Employment Lawyers .

For more information on Loch Associates Employment Lawyers please go to www.lochassociates.co.uk and for HR Advise Me go to www.hradvise.me.


This information is intended as a guide only.  Whilst the information contained in this document is believed to be correct, it is not a substitute for appropriate legal advice.  Loch Associates can take no responsibility for actions taken based on the information contained in this document.


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