Getting started: working out dates
There are deadlines within the pregnancy period that need to be met to obtain certain entitlements. To help you understand your entitlements, note down the following on a piece of paper:
- the estimated week of childbirth/confinement
- (EWC) – roughly week 40 of pregnancy but you must use the dates outlined on the MATB1 form for your calculations
- the 22nd week before EWC – this will be the start of the reference period, which is important when calculating full pay for certain statutory and/or contractual pay entitlements
- the 15th week before EWC – this will be referred to throughout as the qualifying week. This week is also the end of the reference period.