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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)

Notices

National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry of South Africa:

Extension of Consolidation of Collective Agreement to Non-parties

Part I

19. Maternity Leave

 

 

(1) An employee is entitled to at least four consecutive months' maternity leave.

 

(2) An employee may commence maternity leave—
(a) at any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth, unless otherwise agreed; or
(b) on a date from which a medical practitioner or midwife certifies that it is necessary for the employee's health or that of her unborn child.

 

(3) No employee may work for six weeks after the birth of her child, unless a medical practitioner or midwife certifies that she is fit to do so.

 

(4) An employee who has a miscarriage during the third trimester of pregnancy or bears a stillborn child is entitled to maternity leave for six weeks after the miscarriage or stillbirth, whether or not the employee had commenced maternity leave at the time of the miscarriage or still birth.

 

(5) An employee shall notify an employer of the date on which the employee intends to—
(a) commence maternity leave; and
(b) return to work after maternity leave.

 

(6) Notification in terms of subclause (5) shall be given in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so—
(a) at least four weeks before the employee intends to commence maternity leave; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.

 

(7) The payment of maternity benefits shall be determined by the Minister subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966.