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To check your own maternity rights, or those of your employees, use the TIGER interactive website which covers both the existing and the new rights. The website also includes an interactive calendar to help with planning leave and a form to help with notifying employers about maternity leave intentions.

Guidance giving information on the rights for pregnant women:
Maternity rights: a guide for employers and employees, detailed guidance in
pdf format 285Kb]
Detailed guidance is also available in Welsh [pdf format 355Kb)]

Model letter for employers to acknowledge notification of maternity leave (MS Word 23Kb)

Other useful guidance 

Health and Safety for new and expectant mothers 
Information on Health and Safety Executive website

Suspension from work on medical or maternity grounds (PL705)
Guidance on rights about maternity suspension

Inland Revenue forms for employers of mothers

Start dates


For information on how the working parent laws introduced on 6 April are being monitored, click here. [Information in Welsh is also available.] 


Maternity leave – changes: a basic summary (PL507)
A short guide for employers and employees

(PL507 is also available in
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh).


Information on other rights of working parents


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Last updated 2 September 2004