Maternity rights legal definition of maternity rights
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maternity rights in the employment law of the UK, a series of rights given to pregnant women. Statutory maternity pay is payable. Maternity allowance is a social security benefit if she cannot get statutory maternity pay. The particular rules vary from time to time. The essential protections involve allowing the woman who has worked close to the date of the pregnancy to be kept on after her pregnancy so long as she gives her employer notice before she stops working that she intends to return to work. If not allowed to return, the case will proceed much like one for UNFAIR DISMISSAL. See also PATERNITY RIGHTS.