Statutory maternity leave

Statutory maternity leave is a period of maternity leave granted by statute to an employee, which will consist of 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave (OML) and may include a further 26 weeks additional maternity leave (AML) depending on the employee's length of service. An employee may qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) depending on salary and length of service.

Employers should have a compliant Maternity Policy in their staff handbook.

Members can download a Maternity Policy here

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