Sick leave before maternity leave

If a member of staff is absent from work due to illness she will normally be able to take sick leave, inline with the attendance and absences from work policy, until she starts maternity leave. If the illness is unrelated to her pregnancy she can remain on sick leave right up to the date of the baby’s birth, or until the date she has notified. If the illness is pregnancy-related, the maternity leave period starts automatically on the first day of absence following the beginning of the 4th week before the EWC. Once maternity leave has started the member of staff may not return to work if she recovers from the illness before the baby is born. This applies even if the day of absence is before the date the member of staff has notified as her intended date of the start of her maternity leave, or before she has notified any date, in which case she is relieved of the obligation to do so. If the member of staff has a maternity related illness during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and starts her maternity leave, she cannot come back to work until 2 weeks after the birth at the earliest if she recovers.

If a member of staff, during her final four weeks before the expected week of childbirth, falls ill with a pregnancy related illness, her maternity pay and leave will commence on the first day of the illness.