- A pregnant employee is entitled to up to four consecutive months’ maternity leave.
- A pregnant employee or employee nursing her child is not allowed to perform work that is hazardous to her or her child.
- Workers may take maternity leave 1 month before their due date, or earlier or later as agreed or required for health reasons.
- Workers may not go back to work within 6 weeks after the birth unless their doctor or midwife say it is safe.
Who can claim? You cannot claim if you get benefits from :
- the Compensation Fund for an occupational injury or disease; or
- any other unemployment fund; or
- have been suspended from claiming because of fraud.
- You can claim if you are on maternity leave.
When must I claim?
- Workers must apply at least 8 weeks before their child is born.
- Based on Legislation in Section 25 of the Unemployment Insurance Act
How long can I claim for?
- Workers can claim for 17 weeks.
Workers who miscarry in the third trimester or have a stillborn child can claim for six weeks.
- Based on Legislation in Section 24, of the Unemployment Insurance Act
How do I claim?
- Workers must fill in the application forms and, together with other required documents, hand it in at a labour centre.
How will I be paid?
- Benefit payments can be collected from a labour centre of your choice.(Based on legislation in Section 23, of the Unemployment Insurance Act)
- No tax is payable on the benefits. (Based on Legislation in Section 34 of the Unemployment Insurance Act)
- If you get more money than you should, you must pay back the extra money. (Based on Legislation in Section 35, of the Unemployment Insurance Act)
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