Short Term: Maternity Allowance

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Be an insured woman on maternity leaveMake two (2) claims on the prescribed form (MB1):
Have 50 paid contributions1. 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 begin2. 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


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)