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

On or before your first day on the job, your employer must give you a written document setting out your contractual rights to parental leave and pay where you work, such as maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental leave and any other parental time off rights.  

This is a change to the law that follows campaigning by trade unions and specialist maternity charities.  

It will make it much easier for parents-to-be to decide on their employer of choice, based on their understanding of the parental leave policies on offer, without having to ask during the recruitment process. 

Ask your employer for a copy of their parental leave policies.  

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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