How does maternity leave work in Germany?

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In Germany, the legal entitlement is 14 weeks of maternity leave - at least six weeks before, and eight weeks after childbirth. In the event of a premature birth, multiple births or if the child has a disability, the employee is entitled to 18 weeks of maternity leave.

As an employee, during your statutory maternity leave, you can claim the maternity leave benefit. 

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