Maternity pay and leave
When you take time off to have a baby you might be eligible for:
- Statutory Maternity Leave
- Statutory Maternity Pay
- paid time off for antenatal care
- extra help from the government
You can check what maternity pay and leave you’re eligible for.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
There are rules on when and how to claim your paid leave and if you want to change your dates.
You can work out your maternity pay and leave online.
You may also be eligible to get Shared Parental Leave and Pay.
Employment rights when on leave
Your employment rights are protected while on Statutory Maternity Leave. This includes your right to:
- pay rises
- build up (accrue) holiday
- return to work