There is so much to think about when a baby is on the way or when you are a new mother, so protecting your rights in the workplace is of paramount importance. Yet it can be very challenging trying to figure out what you are entitled to under employment and equality legislation. Similarly, small business owners can also find it hard to understand their responsibilities and rights as employers in relation to maternity and parental leave.

  • How much maternity leave am I entitled to?
  • What happens if I can’t fit my new baby in with a demanding shift schedule when I return to work?
  • Is my employer obliged to keep my job open if I take extra unpaid leave?
  • I am a small business owner – how much will staff maternity leave cost me and my business?

These are all fairly simple questions, yet many people find difficult to get clear answers to them. Babingtons can help. We have years of experience and expertise in dealing with maternity-related employment issues.

For further information or advice, contact our employment law experts as follows:

Derry~Londonderry office:  Sinéad Bradley at 028 7131 0600 or email: 

Strabane Office:  Call Esme Hamilton at 028 7188 2262 or email