Maternity leave is a period of absence from work granted to a mother before and after the birth of her child. It is usually taken to focus on the pregnancy, delivery, and immediate care of the baby after delivery. A request letter for a maternity leave is a formal letter written by a pregnant woman at the start of the period when she has to stop attending work/stop working and is seeking the permission from her superior to do so.
The request letter has to contain the relevant details of the woman’s pregnancy, the days or the months when she’ll be absent as well as the details of the remuneration she might be expecting or the concessions that might have to be made. Request letters have to contain the relevant details of the maternity leave for the company to grant it to the woman.
Here are some samples of maternity leave application letters that can be used by the employee to apply for maternity leave during her pregnancy.
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Tips for Writing Maternity Leave Request Letter
- Always be extremely polite, formal, and concise.
- Mention the details of the maternal leave. Mention the day and the date as well as the number of weeks for which you won’t be working.
- Government’s policies on Maternity Leave changes from time to time. It is very important to find out all that you can before proceeding with your maternity leave letter. Gain an understanding of your company’s policies and try to get the most benefitted out of it.
- Provide some details of insurance, health safety, etc or any other health-related documents that might have been provided for or supplied by the company.
- Be sure to assure the company and your superior that you will work hard to fill up the backlog.
- Thank your superiors for their cooperation. Apologize for any inconvenience.
Maternity Leave Request Letter Template
Use our free Maternity Leave Request Letter to help you get started. If you need any additional help or more examples check out some of the sample letters below.
Date-________(on which it is being written)
Subject: Request for Maternity Leave
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms.______[insert name here] ,
As I have mentioned earlier, I’m writing this letter as an application for a maternity leave, starting from the ____________ [insert starting date] till the ____________ [insert ending date]. I have attached a medical certificate confirming my pregnancy and expected date of delivery.
In my absence Mr./Ms._________[insert name here] will take over my work. I have briefed him/her about the upcoming projects. In the case of any queries feel free to contact me telephonically.
Thank you for your support and cooperation. Please pardon if any inconvenience is caused.
_____________[Your Mobile Number]
Date- 20th January’2017
Dr. Gloria Mathews
Head of Department – English.
Subject: Request for Maternity Leave
Respected Mrs. Mathews,
As I have mentioned earlier, I’m writing this letter as an application for a maternity leave, starting from the 1st of August till the 10th of November. I have attached a medical certificate confirming my pregnancy and my due date.
In the period that I will be absent, I have arranged for a substitute to take my place and also complete all my work on time. I have briefed her about the work and the deadlines. Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you need further details or if there is something else that I can do to ease the transition. I hope the University will cooperate with my substitute, Mrs. Martha Robins.
I really appreciate the provision that the office has made for pregnant women to take some time away from work for the birth of our babies and adjust to being a new mother.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to my return in November. Please pardon if any inconvenience is caused.
This is a sample request email for maternity leave due to a pregnant worker in a company. It is usually a formality for the expectant mother to write into the Human Resources Department of the company to inform them of her upcoming maternity leave, citing the desired date to be released for delivery and recuperation.
Subject: Maternity Leave Request Letter
I am writing to inform you that I am currently _______ months pregnant with my first child, who is due around the end of___________. I would like to request that maternity leave should be granted to me from ____________. I have attached the required maternity leave request forms for your perusal.
According to my leave records with the HR department, I am still entitled to 15 days of annual leave which I would like to add on to my maternity leave entitlement.
Please confirm this request and revert on the exact date when I should report back to work after the delivery of my baby. Also, during my absence, Ms. Monica will take over my work. I have briefed her about all the upcoming projects. You can contact me telephonically at __________or via email at ____________ if you would require my insights for any task. Kindly inform me of anything else which I would need to clear before my leave commences.
Thank you for your support and consideration. Please pardon if any inconvenience is caused.