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Maternity leave

If you are pregnant, you are entitled to a minimum of 16 weeks of maternity leave. You may take this leave at least four and no more than six weeks before your due date. If you stop working four weeks before your due date, you will have 12 weeks of maternity leave after you have given birth. If you stop working six weeks before your due date, you will have ten weeks of maternity leave after you have given birth. You always have at least ten weeks of maternity leave after you have given birth.

Multiple pregnancies

If you are expecting twins or other multiples, you may stop working sooner. You may then take maternity leave eight to ten weeks before your due date. If you stop working ten weeks before your due date, you will have ten more weeks of leave after you have given births. If you stop working eight weeks before your due date, you will have 12 more weeks of leave after you have given birth.

Notify work that you are pregnant

It is up to you to decide when to inform your manager that you are pregnant. However, it is your statutory duty to notify your manager no later than three weeks before you wish to take maternity leave. We would prefer you to notify us sooner, because this gives us enough time to make arrangements for during your absence.

Submit the maternity leave form, together with a statement of pregnancy from your midwife or gynaecologist, so that the PSSC can apply for maternity benefits from the UWV.

Notify your manager of your absence on the first day of your maternity leave and again when you resume work. Notify the PSSC Service Point when you have given birth.

Spreading your last weeks of maternity leave

From six weeks after you have given birth, you can spread the remaining maternity leave over 30 weeks. Discuss this with your manager and submit your request to the PSSC Service Point within three weeks of giving birth. The total duration of the leave does not change.

Illness during pregnancy or after giving birth

If you fall ill and this is related to your pregnancy or the birth, notify the PSSC Service Point as soon as possible but within no more than three working days of falling ill. If we are late in informing the UWV that you are suffering from pregnancy-related symptoms, the UWV will fine us. If you have indicated that you want your maternity leave to start four weeks before your due date but you fall ill within six weeks of your due date, the day on which you report sick counts as the start of your maternity leave.

If you have a multiple pregnancy, the same applies, except that this concerns the period of eight to ten weeks before your due date. If you want to take leave eight weeks before your due date, but fall ill ten weeks before your due date, the day on which you report sick counts as the start of your maternity leave.

If you fall ill during maternity leave, the maternity leave continues as usual. Your leave will therefore not be extended by the number of days that you have been sick. If you are unable to work after your maternity leave ends, you must report sick following the usual procedure.

Extended maternity leave if your baby is admitted to hospital

If your baby is admitted to hospital for a long period during your maternity leave, your leave will be extended by the number of days of hospitalisation (calculated from the eighth day of hospitalisation), up to a maximum of 10 weeks. This gives you the opportunity to care for your child at home for a number of weeks. Inform the PSSC Service Point and possibly your manager as soon as possible.

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