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English definition of “maternity leave”

maternity leave

noun [U]    
HR the period when a woman can legally be absent from work in the weeks before and after she has a baby: The changes will affect any women on maternity leave or taking a career break while they raise children. → Compare parental leave, paternity leave
→ See also statutory maternity leave
(Definition of maternity leave noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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