Pregnancy and maternity leave: the legal framework

A note outlining the rights and responsibilities of and towards pregnant employees and new mothers, and setting out the legal framework for maternity leave.

The right to statutory maternity pay (SMP) and other benefits during maternity leave are dealt with in Practice note, Maternity pay and benefits.

The protection from discrimination in respect of pregnancy and maternity as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 is dealt with in Practice note, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination (EqA 2010).

Practical Law Employment with Joanne Owers, DAC Beachcroft LLP


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