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18. My expected date of confinement is coming soon and I have served a notice of pregnancy to my boss. When can I commence my maternity leave?

With the agreement of your employer, you can decide to commence your maternity leave from 2 to 4 weeks before the expected date of confinement.


However, maternity leave can also be commenced on the date of confinement if it occurs before the scheduled maternity leave. In this case, the employee should give notice of the date of confinement and her intention to take 14 weeks'’ maternity leave to her employer within 7 days of her confinement.


If the employee does not decide on the date, or fails to secure her employer’s agreement, the employee shall commence her maternity leave four weeks before the expected date of confinement.