Pregnant female employees are entitled to a maternity leave of 18 weeks of which 11 of those weeks are compulsory. To be able to take up this entitlement, the employee must support her claim with evidence by submitting a medical certificate that certifies her pregnancy and provides an indication of her expected day of delivery. Under the Maternity Protection Law 1997, female employers are entitled to a maternity allowance which is paid by the Social Insurance Fund. However, this is subject to certain conditions.
Both male or female employees are entitled to unpaid parental leave of up to thirteen weeks due to birth or adoption of a child in order to take part in the care and raising of that child or children. Employees must give 5 weeks written notice to their employers advising them of this in order to make the necessary provisions.
Sarah Forster (Uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com, 2017) <https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/2-508-1472?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1> accessed 22 July 2017.