When you take time off to have a baby there are rights that you might be eligible for, for example statutory maternity leave and statutory maternity pay.
You have four main legal rights when you are having a baby...
1. Paid time off for antenatal care. Some employers may ask for proof of these visits for example a letter from your midwife or an appointment confirmation card.
2. Maternity leave. This is the time you have to have your baby and to spend time caring for them in the first weeks and months of their life.
3. Maternity pay or maternity allowance
4. Protection against unfair treatment, discrimination or dismissal. Being pregnant and/or being on maternity leave are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
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Depending on who you work for and how long you have worked for them you may be eligible for enhanced maternity pay also. To find out about this speak to your manager or someone in your Human Resources department. They will be able to point you to the relevant policies and answer any questions that you may have that are specific to your place of work.