33. Maternity leave

(1) An Employee shall be entitled to a minimum maternity leave entitlement of 65 business days.
(2) An Employee shall be entitled to be paid in accordance with section 34 during the minimum maternity leave in subsection (1)if she —
(a) will have been continuously employed with her Employer for at least 12 months preceding the expected or actual week of childbirth;
(b) notifies her Employer in writing that she is pregnant at least 8 weeks before the expected week of childbirth, if requested by the Employer;
(c) provides a medical practitioner's certificate stating the expected or actual birth date, if requested by the Employer; and
(d) notifies her Employer in writing at least 21 days before the day the Employee proposes to begin her maternity leave.
(3) The maternity rights granted under sections 33 and 34 also apply to a female Employee who is adopting a child of less than 3 months old and, in such case, references to childbirth are treated as references to the date of adoption.
(4) Annual leave shall continue to accrue during maternity leave and may be taken separately.