My contract of employment does not make clear my entitlement to maternity leave and maternity pay. What should I do?

The law does not currently require employers to include details in your contract of statutory entitlement to different types of parental leave and pay, including maternity leave.

Normally, however, there will be a separate document setting out these rights, especially if your employer provides contractual benefits that are better than the statutory minimum.

From April 2020, the law is set to change. From that date, employers will be required to provide a single document to all workers (not just employees) from the first day of the job that includes details of all contractual leave rights, such as your right to maternity leave and pay.

Maternity regulations are complex and can be difficult to understand. There are several sources of information:

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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