Maternity Leave - Frequently Asked Questions

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All information relating to maternity leave is available from the college. However, if you have any queries arising from reading this policy you can contact the UCD HR Helpdesk at ext 4900 or

Yes, UCD employees who are in receipt of a salary under a permanent contract, a contract of indefinite duration (CID), or a fixed-term contract as defined in the Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003 are entitled to paid maternity leave.

Note: If you are employed under a fixed-term or specified-purpose contract, any leave (or any other benefit) will end when the contract ends.

Yes, if you are paying PRSI Class A or E.

You must complete the maternity benefit form (MB1) which can be found here: , or apply online via

You should input your bank details on the form as the maternity benefit will be paid by direct payment each week in advance to your account.  Your salary for the duration of your maternity leave will be adjusted accordingly.

Yes, provided it has been approved by your Head of School/Unit.

Contact the HR Helpdesk

The HR Helpdesk is the primary point of contact for all your employment-related queries.  We are here to help you with any queries on employee benefits, terms & conditions and HR policies & procedures. If we can’t help you directly we will refer your query to a HR specialist area.


HR Helpdesk,
2nd Floor Roebuck Offices,
UCD Belfield Campus.