Q. What about Maternity Leave?

All women are able to take 26 weeks unpaid, ordinary maternity leave. Those women who have at least 26 weeks qualifying service at the 14th week before the expected week of childbirth are able to take a further 26 weeks unpaid, additional maternity leave. To be entitled to this, women have to give employer certain periods of notice. Further information is available on the IOM Government Website about Maternity and Related Rights. The legislation also provides for paid time off to attend antenatal care, health and safety during and after pregnancy, annual leave, the right to return to work, protection from detriment (less favourable treatment) and against unfair dismissal.