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Q. What payments will a woman receive from her employer whilst on maternity absence?

There is no obligation for an employer to make payments to an employee who is off work during maternity leave. Some employers agree through the contract of employment to make payments. Employees who are eligible may receive a maternity allowance from the Treasury's Social Security Division for up to 39 weeks while they are absent from work. Enquiries regarding this allowance should be made directly to the General Benefits Section, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas on +44 1624 685108 or +44 1624 685109. The Treasury's Social Security Division website explains who is entitled and how to claim Maternity Allowance. Some annual leave continues to accrue during both OML and AML but it can be lost if not taken. See para 7.9 of Maternity Rights -A Guide for Employers and Employees.