|Before I tell my boss that I am pregnant I would like to be
informed about my rights. Am I entitled to paid maternity
The law concerning your right to maternity leave is laid
out in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, section 25.
It is not a bad idea to go onto the government website http://www.labour.gov.za/ and read the relevant sections yourself. As you have said,
being informed is important.
Legally you are entitled to at least four months of maternity
leave. This leave should start at least four weeks before
the baby is born, and you may not return to work for six
weeks after the birth of the baby. These dates can be changed
by a doctor or midwife. In other words, if your caregiver
decrees that it is the best interest, then you could start
maternity leave earlier than four weeks before the due date,
or extend it beyond six weeks after the birth. You could
even return to work earlier if you wished, but would need
a letter from your doctor or midwife. The bad news is that
your employer is not required to pay you during this time.
Maternity benefits - Job
Maternity benefits - UIF