Pregnancy and maternity leave: what are you entitled to?

Last updated: 24 Jan 2024

All women are entitled to:

  • 52 weeks’ maternity leave
  • statutory maternity pay
  • paid time off work to attend ante-natal sessions.

Adoptive parents have similar entitlements. Men and women are entitled to:

  • shared parental leave and pay (the mother’s partner can share the statutory leave and pay)
  • time off to care for dependants in exceptional circumstances
  • return to the same or (in some cases) similar job after maternity or parental leave
  • 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave for children aged up to 18 but only after one year’s continuous employment
  • two weeks’ paternity/partner leave and statutory paternity pay.

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