Statutory maternity protection

Maternity protection is designed to protect pregnant women and their child during pregnancy and lactation. It applies to all women who are employed. Regardless if mini-job, apprenticeship or permanent contract. After giving birth, woman have a work prohibition of 8 weeks with a normal birth and of 12 weeks with a premature birth, twins or triplets. Before birth, she is entitled to a sick leave six weeks prior the planned birth. In both cases, the health insurance companies pay the maternity allowance. Maternity leave also guarantees protection against miscarriage during pregnancy. It is best to inform the employer early about the pregnancy. More information at: www.bmfsfj.de

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