P&O News 26 April 2016
If a member of staff is expecting twins or a multiple birth, she is entitled to take maternity leave earlier: 10 to 8 weeks before the expected date of birth. The member of staff should start maternity leave 8 weeks at the latest before the expected date of birth. The relevant date will be calculated backwards starting from the day after the expected date of birth.
The day of the birth is part of the maternity leave. The childbirth leave (bevallingsverlof) starts on the day after the birth. The member of staff can stop working between 10 and 8 weeks before the date of birth. This period of two weeks is referred to as the 'flexible period'. If the member of staff continues to work during the flexible period, she may not add these days to the childbirth leave.
The new rules for multiple births became effective on 1 April 201 and thus apply to members of staff who expect to give birth from 26 May 2016. There is a transitional period until 9 June. Any member of staff who is expecting a multiple birth and who is expected to give birth between 26 May and 9 June should contact her HRM department.
If the member of staff gives birth earlier than the expected date and her maternity leave has therefore been shorter than 6 weeks, she may add the missed days of maternity leave to the childbirth leave. This only applies in cases where the maternity leave is less than 6 weeks.
Illness before maternity leave
If the member of staff is ill when she would normally be allowed to commence maternity leave (between 10 and 8 weeks before the day after the expected date of birth), these days count as part of the maternity leave.