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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Reviewed by: Emma Ashworth
Review Date: 08/2019
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