EM­PLOYER WON’T BE PAY­ING ME FOR MA­TER­NITY LEAVE

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I’m eight months preg­nant and I’ll be go­ing on ma­ter­nity leave soon.

I’ve been in­formed by my em­ployer that they won’t be pay­ing me and that I won’t be al­lowed to come back to work un­til the baby is at least six weeks old.

They are, how­ever, giv­ing me four months’ un­paid ma­ter­nity leave. I re­ally need the money.

Can I take them to the depart­ment of labour?

ANONY­MOUS, SPRINGS Ma­ter­nity leave is of­ten un­paid, un­less an em­ployer of­fers paid ma­ter­nity leave.

Your em­ployer is there­fore act­ing within the law.

Your em­ployer is also cor­rect by say­ing you can’t come back to work un­til the baby is at least six weeks old.

You can claim for a UIF (Un­em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Fund) pay­out from the depart­ment of labour. This pay­out is for a max­i­mum pe­riod of four months.

You can lodge a claim once the baby is born.

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