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Last reviewed on 21 April 2021
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All support staff are eligible for 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks of additional maternity leave. See guidance on issues surrounding maternity leave, as well as statutory and occupational maternity pay.

All pregnant employees are entitled to statutory maternity leave Pregnant employees are entitled to: 52 weeks maternity leave, 39 weeks of which could be paid through statutory maternity pay (SMP), maternity allowance or contractual maternity pay. Contractual pay may be more than SMP or paid for longer than 39 weeks depending on terms of employment Protection from unfair treatment and dismissal Do up to 10 days' work (keeping in touch days) during maternity leave without losing SMP Paid reasonable time off for antenatal care Return to their original job after 26 weeks of maternity leave, or suitable alternative if they have taken more than 26 weeks. If there is no suitable alternative, pregnant employees may be entitled to redundancy pay Benefit from their normal terms and conditions of employment, except for remuneration (monetary wages or salary) This is explained on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) website A pregnant employee has the right

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