With maternity allowance, you'll get 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) up to a maximum of £139.58 per week. This can last for up to 39 weeks.

Worried about your entitlement to maternity leave? Bendles has been helping Carlisle with complex employment law for over 200 years. If you think you’re not getting what you should, get in touch. Give us a call on 01228 522215 to find out sooner.

To make sure you qualify for paid maternity leave, you must tell your employer at least 15 weeks before the date of childbirth. You must also give them the date you want to start maternity leave and provide a medical certificate.

As a pregnant employee you have four main rights:

  • Paid time off for antenatal care.
  • The right to maternity leave.
  • Maternity pay or allowance.
  • Protection against discrimination, unfair treatment and dismissal.

If you think your employer is denying you any of these rights, then you may have a maternity discrimination claim.

As long as you’ve passed the probationary period with an employer, they can't dismiss you because of pregnancy. So even if you become pregnant before 56 weeks, you're still entitled to keep your job. Just not receive statutory maternity pay.

If you’re going to be a father, you also have paternity rights. You’re entitled to one or two weeks paid paternity leave.

Regardless of whether you’re a mother or father-to-be, if your employer ignores your rights, you can make a claim.

Preparing for a baby is a difficult time. It should be joyous, but it’s often stressful. The last thing you need is losing valuable time and money because of an uncooperative employer.

Similarly, if you’re an employer, the last thing you need is a case against you for failing to take notice of maternity rights. By making sure you’re aware of what your staff are entitled to, you avoid hefty legal fees and bad publicity.

If things can’t be easily resolved they may go to Employment Tribunal. Bendles has plenty of experience fighting discrimination cases. So you can rest assured we’ll help you get any maternity compensation you’re entitled to.

Are you planning on having a baby? Or are you an employer confused about your staff’s maternity and paternity rights? Whatever the case, pregnancy is an exciting but stressful time. It can be difficult to be sure of what leave and pay you’re entitled to. Because of this confusion, it’s possible you might not get all that you’re allowed.

When taking maternity leave it’s important to know your rights. Before making the decision to have a baby, you should find out what you’re entitled to. This varies depending on several factors. So it can be confusing figuring out what you should get.

Don’t let your employer or complicated maternity rights cheat you out of what you’re owed. And if you’re an employer don’t let lack of knowledge put you in hot water down the line. Get in touch with our employment law specialists, Stuart Irving and Michael Johnson, to get sorted today. Give us a call on 01228 522215 for a quicker response.

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