If you are pregnant and working in Trinidad and Tobago, here's what you should know when it comes to your rights to maternity leave.
What is maternity leave?
Maternity leave is an employment benefit available in most countries and it allows a mother to take leave from her job to care for her small child/children for a stipulated period of time.
In Trinidad and Tobago the minimum benefits and eligibility requirements for maternity leave are stipulated by law in the Maternity Protection Act. If another law, industrial award or collective agreement gives you more favourable terms than the Act, those terms would apply.
What is required to obtain maternity leave benefits?
According to the Maternity Protection Act, you will have rights to maternity leave benefits where:
If I meet the requirements for maternity leave, what are my rights?
Is there a limit to maternity leave benefits?
According to section 18 of the Act, there is no limit on an employee's right to maternity leave and her right to return to work. However, the right to be paid for maternity leave is limited to once every two years from the beginning of such leave.
Important Notice: This post does not constitute or provide legal advice. Always consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any legal problem or issue.