EMPLOYER WON’T BE PAYING ME FOR MATERNITY LEAVE
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.