I know we can start as early as 11 weeks before EDD but what is the latest legally? If my second pregnancy is as overdue as the first one I would waste couple weeks unnecessarily as my maternity leave is minimal I dont really want to waste the first weeks just sitting around at home getting fat if you know what I mean! And would you have a copy of maternity notice handy [cheeky emoticon]
The latest you can start maternity leave is the day after the baby is born. But the problem is you won't know when the baby will be born so you won't be able to give the required notice to your employer about the date you will be starting.
But if they are happy to be flexible and let you go off whenever you want to, then yes in theory you can delay maternity leave until after your due date as long as baby hasn't put in an appearance. As soon as baby does put in an appearance, maternity leave and pay kick in the next day regardless of what you might have previously arranged.
Koumak you'll have to ask them first whether they are happy to be flexible. Legally you are required to specify an actual date your leave will commence, and if you want to change that date, you are required to give 28 days' notice. So 'as late as possible' wouldn't be good enough. You can ask them if they are happy not to have a date, but be prepared for them to say no.
Poledra it's a technicality really. The latest mat leave can start is the day after the baby is born so technically it could begin after the due date. But when arranging mat leave because it is necessary to give an actual date it really has to be the due date unless they are happy to be very flexible, which understandable most employers are not.
Thank you flowerybeanbag HR did make it sound it has to be the EDD so i think i will leave it at that! This company is not very "flexible" as it is. Luckily EDD falls during half term so at least i get to spend some time with ds i guess!