All employees who become pregnant may wish to contact Human Resources to arrange for a meeting with one of the HR Employment Relations Advisers, who can talk through all the process, benefits and the important dates to remember during the maternity period.
All employees irrespective of service, will be entitled to 52 weeks’ unpaid maternity leave. Maternity leave is made up of 26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave (OML) and 26 weeks’ additional maternity leave (AML). AML follows immediately on from OML and there can be no gap between the two.
How much of this maternity leave will be paid, if any, will depend on the salary and length of service the employee has with the University. A period of compulsory maternity leave applies for the two weeks after giving birth, meaning an employee may not return to work within that period. The maternity leave period cannot be broken by any other manner of leave and must be a continuous period.
Eligible employees can opt to reduce their entitlement to maternity leave and opt into Shared Parental Leave arrangements with their partner and themselves.
Maternity Leave & Pay