[72 Compulsory maternity leave]
[72 Compulsory maternity leave]

[(1)     An employer shall not permit an employee who satisfies prescribed conditions to work during a compulsory maternity leave period.

(2)     A compulsory maternity leave period is a period calculated in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)     Regulations under subsection (2) shall secure—

(a)     that no compulsory leave period is less than two weeks, and

(b)     that every compulsory maternity leave period falls within an ordinary maternity leave period.

(4)     Subject to subsection (5), any provision of or made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 shall apply in relation to the prohibition under subsection (1) as if it were imposed by regulations under section 15 of that Act.