Short Term: Maternity Allowance
Maternity Allowance is paid to Insured Women who are on Maternity leave from work because of their pregnancy and confinement.
The Maternity Allowance is paid weekly for a maximum period of 14 weeks.
HOW TO QUALIFY
|Be an insured woman on maternity leave||Make two (2) claims on the prescribed form (MB1):|
|Have 50 paid contributions||1. For period before confinement: The claim, signed by the insured woman, is accompanied by a medical certificate signed by a registered doctor, stating the expected date of confinement|
|Have 25 paid and credited contributions of which 20 must be paid within the 39 weeks immediately before the benefit is to begin||2. Submit claim eight (8) weeks before expected date of confinement as shown on medical certificate|
|3. For period after confinement: The medical certificate section on the claim must be signed by a registered doctor or midwife who assisted in the delivery|
|4. Submit claim, three (3) weeks after the date of confinement|
|Employer must record the salary or wages (SM2/MB)of the insured woman or 39 weeks immediately before the benefit is to begin. Attach SM2 to the MB1|
|If claim is not submitted within 8 weeks before confinement and 3 weeks after confinement a good reason must be given by the insured woman|
FORM: Click to download form: MB Maternity Benefit SM2/MB Salaries Record
RATE AND PAYMENT OF BENEFIT
80% of Average Weekly
Insurable Earnings of insured woman, in 39 weeks before maternity leave commences
Payment is made in two;
one for the period before confinement and one for the period after confinement.
The minimum benefit
payable is $44.00 weekly.
If unable to return to
work due to complications arising from delivery, you may consider claiming sickness benefit immediately following maternity leave. Refer to Sickness Benefit to access the form SBI.
The maximum benefit
is $256.00 weekly.
A maximum of 14 weeks
of maternity benefit is paid; 7 weeks is paid before confinement and 7 more weeks after confinement (may be less than 7 weeks before confinement and more than 7 weeks after confinement)