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The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Requirement to notify commencement of leave

106.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), an employee does not have the right conferred by Article 103 unless she notifies her employer of the date on which she intends her period of absence from work in exercise of the right to commence.

(2) No date occurring before the beginning of the eleventh week before the expected week of childbirth may be notified under paragraph (1).

(3) Notification under paragraph (1) shall be given by an employee—

(a)not less than twenty-one days before the date on which she intends her period of absence from work in exercise of the right conferred by Article 103 to commence, or

(b)if that is not reasonably practicable, as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(4) Where an employee’s maternity leave period commences with the first day after the beginning of the sixth week before the expected week of childbirth on which she is absent from work wholly or partly because of pregnancy—

(a)paragraph (1) does not require her to notify her employer of the date specified in that paragraph, but

(b)(whether or not she has notified him of that date) she does not have the right conferred by Article 103 unless she notifies him as soon as is reasonably practicable that she is absent from work wholly or partly because of pregnancy.

(5) Where an employee’s maternity leave period commences with the day on which childbirth occurs—

(a)paragraph (1) does not require her to notify her employer of the date specified in that paragraph, but

(b)(whether or not she has notified him of that date) she does not have the right conferred by Article 103 unless she notifies him as soon as is reasonably practicable after the birth that she has given birth.

(6) Any notification required by this Article shall, if the employer so requests, be given in writing.

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