Maternity Leave Benefit (MLB)

Overview

 
Any pregnant woman who fulfills the criteria set out by the Social Security Act can apply for this benefit.
 
The application for this benefit is to be submitted by the claimant once all the available maternity leave is used up that is after the 18th week of maternity leave but before 6 months from the 18th week..
 

Eligibility

  • The applicant should be a citizen of Malta or married to a citizen of Malta, or is a citizen of a European Union Member State, or a citizen of a member country of the European Social Charter, or has a refugee status and is ordinarily resides in Malta or Gozo.
  • The applicant must have availed herself of more than 14 weeks of maternity leave.  The employer pays the first 14 weeks of Maternity Leave while this benefit is paid for the remainder weeks up to a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • If a claimant has a part time job, she should produce a declaration from the employer stating which periods of the availed of maternity leave have been paid.
  • In the case of teachers, those paid for summer holidays are paid this benefit but still need to produce a letter from their Human Resources office stating the maternity leave periods that were availed of during the summer months.
  • In the case of a self-occupied person, if the full 18 weeks of maternity leave are availed of, the claimant may apply and be entitled to both Maternity Benefit and Maternity Leave Benefit.
 
 

Documents Required

  •  Application form filled in and signed by applicant.
  • Application form and declaration signed by the employer stating that the claimant has availed herself of the 14 weeks of paid maternity leave and 4 weeks unpaid maternity leave, giving the exact dates of when leave was taken and when the applicant intends to return to work.
 

Payments

 
Payments for this benefit are issued after the application is received and processed. The benefit rates payable can be viewed by clicking here.
 
Maternity Leave Benefit payments are deposited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account unless the applicant is in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance, Age Pension or has an outstanding garnishee order. In the case of a garnishee order, the claimant must produce a legal document stating the details of the garnishee orders. Claimants in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance wishing to have their Maternity Benefit payments deposited directly into their bank account may also present a document with their request which will be reviewed individually.
 

How to Apply

 
Applicants that wish to receive the benefit must complete an application form after the 18th week of maternity leave but before 6 months from the 18th week.
 
The applicant may call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
 
Alternatively, one may download a copy of the form by visiting our  Application Form page.
 
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