Guidance and information

This guidance provides helpful information regarding your entitlements, and what you need to do. It has been produced to guide you through your rights and obligations during pregnancy and to help you to plan for your Maternity Leave.

This guide does not affect your terms and conditions of employment which take precedence. If, after reading it, you have any questions that remain unanswered, please contact your HR Advisor at the Office of Human Resources.

Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML)

Under the terms of the Employment Act 2006, you are entitled to 26 weeks unpaid leave after your baby is born.

You must be given this leave regardless of the length of time you have been employed. You may be entitled to receive maternity pay from your employer during this period, according to your terms and conditions.

You may choose not to take the full allowance.

Additional Maternity Leave (AML)

You may be entitled to 26 weeks unpaid Additional Maternity Leave. To qualify for this, you must have worked for your employer for 26 weeks continuously by the 14th week before your expected week of childbirth.

So, if your baby is due in Week 40, you must have completed 26 weeks’ employment by Week 26 of your pregnancy. Additional Maternity Leave starts immediately after Ordinary Maternity Leave.

This unpaid OML and AML are also sometimes referred to as Statutory Maternity Leave.