Maternity and Paternity Leave

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Maternity leave: a pregnant employee can resort to maternity leave for an uninterrupted period of eighteen (18) weeks. The first fourteen (14) weeks are paid by the employer but the weeks beyond the first fourteen (14) weeks are not paid by the employer. Click here to view the official source.  

Paternity leave: a father can resort to paternity leave for a period of ten (10) working days, to be taken immediately after the birth or the adoption of the child, without loss of wages. Click here to view the official source.


For the attention of employers: employees will need the Request Leave permission to book leave. By default, employees can only book vacation leave. Admins may book leave such as sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, injury leave, and any other leave types which you may add to your company's account. To amend what type of leave your employees can or cannot book, follow the instructions here.

If the Allow users to request toggle is off, then an Admin user, or a user with Request Leave and Approve Leave permission (for the concerned employee who requires Maternity/Paternity leave) can book the leave.

Before doing so, however, the leave entitlement needs to be added. Unlike other leave type, entitlement for Maternity and Paternity leave is done per employee. To add entitlement, the user will need the Manage All Employee Data permission. Read on for instructions on how to add Maternity/Paternity leave entitlement.

Maternity/Paternity/Parental Leave - Adding Entitlement

For leave types such as Vacation leave and sick leave, the global leave entitlement is found in the Leave Entitlements tab in the Leave section:

For leave types such as Maternity leave, Paternity leave, and Parental leave, entitlement needs to be added to the individual employee rather than globally. If an employee is on maternity leave, this leave might spill over from one year to another. In such case, the entitlement needs to be split over the two years. To add leave entitlement for an individual, follow the below steps: 

  1. Go to the People section and search for the relevant employee
  2. From the employee's profile, click on their Leave tab
  3. Click on Edit next to Leave Balances
  4. Switch the leave type to Maternity or any other leave type, and select Add Entitlement
  5. Add the hours, minutes, and description, and press save.


The leave entitlements for Maternity leave in hours (for a full time employee) is 560 hours. 

The leave entitlements for Paternity leave in hours (for a full time employee) is 80 hours.

For Parental leave entitlements, check the official source here.  

For more information on adding leave entitlements, check this out

Maternity leave - how it works

During the first 14 weeks of maternity leave, you will receive your normal salary, including adjustments, fringe benefits, government bonuses, and pay social security.

During the last 4 weeks, you will not receive salary or adjustment or fringe benefits, but you will accumulate government bonuses and pay social security.

When booking Maternity leave, you will need to calculate 14 weeks from the first day of maternity (you may leave out any days which fall outside of the employee's job schedule, such as weekends, since zero hours will be deducted from days they are not supposed to work on). 

Public Holidays

When a public or national holiday falling on a day of work or on a weekly day of rest not being a Saturday or a Sunday (unless your weekly schedule includes weekends) falls within a period of maternity leave of any employee, such employee shall be entitled to the equivalent in hours of an additional day of annual Vacation leave. Read more about how to set up Public Holidays here.

Should there be any public holidays that fall in the periods of maternity leave booked:

1. You will be notified about this upon booking the maternity leave;

2. Maternity leave will not be deducted on such days (if the employee does not normally work public holidays);

3. Pro-rata leave entitlement is automatically added as an accumulated leave to the employee's vacation leave entitlement. 

Click here to view the official source of Vacation leave in Malta

Casual workers

Employees who are not on a fixed schedule will need to enter the daily number of hours per day of leave when booking Maternity leave, Paternity, or Parental leave.