Maternity rights financial definition of maternity rights
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maternity rights the rights pregnant women and the mothers of very young children have in relation to their employment. Pregnant women in the UK have a right to a minimum of 18 weeks' maternity leave, and any dismissal of a female employee on the grounds of pregnancy constitutes UNFAIR DISMISSAL. Pregnant women also have the right to their usual employment benefits during these 18 weeks such as continuing use of their company car. These rights, based on a directive of the European Union, extend previous law on maternity rights which required minimum periods of employment. Those with one year's employment may take further maternity leave. See PATERNITY LEAVE, SICK PAY.