Can maternity leave or benefit be interrupted, suspended or cancelled?
It can be suspended:
- in cases of premature birth and other cases where the newborn requires hospitalisation after birth, maternity leave and benefit can be suspended at the request of the beneficiary after the mother has completed the obligatory six-week leave after the birth. The leave may be resumed from the date the baby leaves the hospital for the amount of time remaining. If the mother should die, the other parent may interrupt the leave, even during the six weeks following the birth.
However, maternity benefit will still be paid if, during the period of entitlement to this benefit, the employment contract or activity of the beneficiary is terminated .
- After the four-week period in the case of international adoption in which it is necessary for the adoptive parents to travel beforehand to the country of origin of the adoptee, and the corresponding judicial or administrative decision has not yet been made, the management body may suspend payment of the benefit as a precaution until the adoption takes effect.
It may be cancelled or suspended by the management body:
- if the beneficiary had acted fraudulently to obtain or keep the benefit, or if the beneficiary was employed or self-employed during the corresponding leave periods, except in the case of maternity benefit combined with part-time work or cases of pluri-employment and pluri-activity. The periods during which the benefit is paid will correspond to the leave, which in these cases would be the periods not occupied by part-time work or the jobs or activity which preclude eligibility for the benefit.