Employees must tell their employer about the pregnancy at least 15 weeks before the beginning of the week the baby is due.

If this isn’t possible (eg because they didn’t know they were pregnant) the employer must be told as soon as possible.

Employees must also tell the employer when they want to start their Statutory Maternity Leave and Statutory Maternity Pay.

Employees can’t take time off for antenatal appointments until they’ve told the employer about the pregnancy.