Employment Rights and Maternity Benefits (UK)

AIMS provides information and support around issue of maternity care, and decisions around pregnancy and birth. Employment Rights and Maternity Benefits are not our area of expertise, but we can point you in the right direction.

Your employer has an obligation to provide you with information, but information about employment rights and maternity benefit is available from many online sources, some of which we list below, and we would recommend that you make yourself aware of all your rights from your employment.

If you are in any doubt, there are organisations which can help you and guide you. Please use the organisations below before turning to expensive lawyers. We know from experience that people in these organisations can assist you in establishing your rights.

Government information

Rights for pregnant employees can be found at https://www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights

Statutory Maternity Pay and Leave information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/maternity-paternity-calculator

And for those in Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/working-when-pregnant

If you are unsure what applies to you please seek further advice.

Other sources of advice

Citizens Advice (formally known as CAB - Citizens Advice Bureau)

Citizens Advice are a series of independent local charities which provide free, confidential and independent advice face-to-face, over the phone, by email and by web-chat.

Maternity Action

Maternity Action is another charity offering free advice for mums and dads worried about their rights at work and rights to benefits and healthcare. They also produce a range of accurate and user-friendly publications and information sheets about these rights. Their Advice Line also offers confidential telephone support.

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)

A Statutory body which provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. They support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. When things go wrong they help by providing conciliation to resolve workplace problems.

www.workingfamilies.org.uk

www.parentlineplus.org.uk

If you do not live in the UK we hope you will find similar information and helpful organisations in your own countries by searching the Internet.

Written by: Shane Ridley

Date: 19/08/2017

Reviewed by: Emma Ashworth

Review Date: 08/2019


AIMS supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all. AIMS does not give medical advice, but instead we focus on helping women to find the information that they need to make informed decisions about what is right for them, and support them to have their decisions respected by their health care providers. The AIMS Helpline volunteers will be happy to provide further information and support. Please email helpline@aims.org.uk or ring 0300 365 0663.

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