Your maternity protection as an employee
If your employer terminates your employment without sufficient cause while you are pregnant, or retrenches you during your pregnancy, they must pay the maternity benefits you would have been eligible for.
To qualify for this maternity protection, you must have:
- Worked for your employer for at least 3 months before receiving the notice of dismissal or retrenchment.
- Been certified pregnant by a medical practitioner before receiving the notice of dismissal or retrenchment.
Your obligations as an employee
If you are an employee on maternity leave, you have the following obligations:
- You cannot use your maternity leave to offset a resignation notice. Once you leave your job, your maternity benefits will cease.
- You cannot work for another employer during your maternity leave. If you do so, your maternity benefit will be forfeited and you may also be dismissed.
An employer's obligations
An employer has the following obligations to employees who are on maternity leave:
- It is an offence for an employer to dismiss an employee while she is on maternity leave.
- An employer cannot ask an employee to work during the first 4 weeks of her confinement.
Maternity leave protection and benefits are provided for under: