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Changing the end date of maternity leave

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Bowles78, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. I have been on Maternity leave since the end of August and was planning to hand my notice in after easter and then go back at the May half-term holiday to do my 13 weeks.
    However a month ago my partner lost a very big contract and I had to change my plans. I am now going back mid-March. I have two children who will be in nursery for sometime and looked after by my partner on his three, now free, days off.
    But as is the way of the world things have changed again. He has now been given another permanent contract. This will mean train fares of £600 and full time nursery cost of £1250. Which all in all almost wipes out my wages. His new role is at a level that would mean I could go back to my original plan.
    Where do I stand? I have already given notice to end my maternity leave. Can I change this again? Or am I now tied in to return?
    Help please
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    As mid-March is in about 2 weeks time, I'd be seriously unimpressed if you told me you weren't coming back until May after all.

    I'd say start in mid-march and hand your notice in at the same time. Then you can leave after your 13 weeks, more or less, if you school has found someone.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    On the other hand, it's possible that whoever has been covering the maternity leave has not yet been able to find alternative employment, and would also be quite willing to revert to plan A. I think the minimum notice for changing your return date is 3 weeks, but it might be worth making the enquiry in case reverting to plan A works for everyone. Even if the answer turns out to be no, I imagine most people are going to understand the reason for the enquiry.

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