Maternity >> Guidance


Support the expectant and new mums within your workforce.
You'll find everything from health and safety to maternity pay and leave. There are also interactive tools to help you apply this in practice.

The example policies provide a range of maternity topics for you to consider.

Maternity leave and pay

This information booklet by TUC answers some common questions about maternity leave and pay for employees.


Guidance on managing new and expectant parents

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a variety of information to support you when employing women during and after pregnancy.

Health and safety for new and expectant mothers

The Health & Safety Executive has a dedicated section on the health and safety of pregnant women at work. This includes a survey of the law, frequently asked questions, practical guidance and case studies.


Statutory Maternity Pay: an overview

HM Revenue & Customs has information on eligibility and rates for Statutory Maternity Pay, how you can recover SMP and records you should keep. At the bottom of the page, there is also a link to further guidance on salary sacrifice schemes and how you should treat certain benefits during maternity.


5 common maternity mistakes employers make

Working Families gives guidance on the most common errors employers make when dealing with women who are pregnant.

Maternity, paternity and adoption rights

CIPD has a factsheet which provides a clear and concise overview of the relevant legislation governing maternity rights, and in short, what rights women have.


Statutory Maternity Leave

Directgov can give personalised guidance to employees on their maternity pay through its online tool. This also calculates leave entitlement and provides an interactive calendar to help plan.

Pregnancy and maternity rights in the workplace

Directgov has guidance on the rights given to expectant mothers. This includes information about statutory maternity leave, pay and entitlements during and after pregnancy.

Managing expectant and new mothers at work

This interactive tool by Business Link helps you to identify the rights of new mothers in the workplace and your responsibilities as an employer.

Maternity, paternity and adoption

Business Link has guidance on the rights of pregnant women at work in relation to health and safety, antenatal appointments and protection from discrimination. It also looks at the statutory rights of women with regards to leave and pay during maternity.

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