Pregnant and a steady job or freelancer? You MUST know this

Pregnant and a steady job or freelancer? You MUST know this

Congratulations, you are pregnant! If you are ready to share with the world and therefore also your boss, there are a number of things that you have to take into account. Some things may not be immediately indicated by your employer and are still quite important. We have listed a number of important points for you. This advice does depend on jurisdiction.

Your boss is obliged to give you your job back after your leave.

During your leave you still build up holiday days.

You may take care leave during your pregnancy if you have to take care of a sick partner or a resident (foster) child. Your employer can only say 'no' to it if there is a substantial business interest. 

You can receive benefit for a longer period if you are unable to work after your maternity leave. This amounts to 100% of your wages and can take up to a year. The fact that you can not work must be related to your pregnancy and you need a statement from your doctor.

During your pregnancy you are more sensitive to the development of complaints such as RSI. There are adjustments that must be made by the employer to keep your work as pleasant as possible.

Your employer is obliged to tell you which potential risks you run during your pregnancy, after the maternity leave and during the period that you breastfeed.

A maternity and childbirth allowance is based on the wages you earned in the calendar year before you receive the benefit.

If you lose your job unexpectedly, you are entitled to childcare allowance for six months.

If you have a miscarriage during the first 24 weeks of your pregnancy, you can report sick. If you develop a miscarriage after 24 weeks, you can claim maternity and childbirth benefit. The leave then takes sixteen weeks.

You may take more breaks if you are pregnant or have just given birth. A minimum of fifteen minutes to a maximum of 1 / 8th of your working hours. These breaks must be paid extra by your employer.

During your pregnancy and maternity leave up to and including the first six weeks after you have started working again you may not be fired.

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