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The Work and Families (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

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6.—(1) Section 161 (the maternity pay period) is amended as follows.

(2) For subsections (2) and (3) substitute—

(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (7), the maternity pay period shall begin with the 11th week before the expected week of confinement.

(3) Cases may be prescribed in which the first day of the period is to be a prescribed day after the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of confinement, but not later than the day immediately following the day on which she is confined..

(3) In subsection (4), at the beginning insert “Except in such cases as may be prescribed,”.

(4) After subsection (7) add—

(8) In subsections (1), (4) and (6) “week” means a period of 7 days beginning with the day of the week on which the maternity pay period begins..

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