Under the Employment Act, an employer is required to continue paying an employee her usual salary at the monthly gross rate of pay for the first eight weeks of maternity leave if:
The employee has been employed for at least 90 days before the date of delivery
The employee has less than two children of her own at the time of delivery. In the case of multiple births (e.g. twins, triplets etc) during the first pregnancy, the employer is still required to pay eight weeks of maternity leave for the next pregnancy
The employee has given her employer at least one week's notice before going on maternity leave, and informed her employer as soon as practicable of her delivery. Otherwise, the employee is only entitled to half the payment during the maternity leave, unless she can show sufficient cause that prevented her from giving such notice to the employer.
If the employee qualifies for Government-paid Maternity Leave under the Child Development Co-Savings Act, she will be paid by the employer during the entire 16 weeks of maternity leave, regardless of the birth order of the child. The employer may later claim reimbursement from the Government for the last eight weeks for the first and second confinements and all 16 weeks for the third or subsequent confinements.
If the employee does not qualify for maternity leave under the Child Development Co-Savings Act, payment beyond the first eight weeks is voluntary and subject to contractual agreement.
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