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Confused about returning to work after maternity leave?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sarahtomas2007, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Hi, I'm not sure if I'm posting in the correct place, but would be very grateful for some help.
    A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with my Head about returning after being on maternity leave. I asked to return a little early so as to be paid for the Easter holidays. She said they haven't got any money and I would have to return when the new term starts on 26th April. I asked if I could use some KIT days over the holiday time as I will need to go into school to move classrooms. (I left Year 3, but now have to return in Year 5.) She has agreed as long as the burser has already allocated the money in the budget.

    I need to write my return to work letter and have realised that my maternity leave started on 19th April 2010 and therefore should I not return at least on 19th April 2011? This would mean being paid for one week of the Easter holiday. I contacted my union but they weren't very helpful and just said I am entitled to return on any date I like whether it's a holiday, Saturday or Sunday. I know money is tight - it is for all of us, and I don't want to 'rock the boat', but on the other hand I would like to have what I am entitled to. I thought I should email my Head to remind her when I started maternity leave and ask to return exactly a year later. I'm not really sure who else I can ask about this and was hoping someone here might be able to advise me.
    Thank you
    Sarah
     
  2. Hi, I'm not sure if I'm posting in the correct place, but would be very grateful for some help.
    A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with my Head about returning after being on maternity leave. I asked to return a little early so as to be paid for the Easter holidays. She said they haven't got any money and I would have to return when the new term starts on 26th April. I asked if I could use some KIT days over the holiday time as I will need to go into school to move classrooms. (I left Year 3, but now have to return in Year 5.) She has agreed as long as the burser has already allocated the money in the budget.

    I need to write my return to work letter and have realised that my maternity leave started on 19th April 2010 and therefore should I not return at least on 19th April 2011? This would mean being paid for one week of the Easter holiday. I contacted my union but they weren't very helpful and just said I am entitled to return on any date I like whether it's a holiday, Saturday or Sunday. I know money is tight - it is for all of us, and I don't want to 'rock the boat', but on the other hand I would like to have what I am entitled to. I thought I should email my Head to remind her when I started maternity leave and ask to return exactly a year later. I'm not really sure who else I can ask about this and was hoping someone here might be able to advise me.
    Thank you
    Sarah
     
  3. You can return to work whenever you want as long as you give a certain period of notice and I can't remember what this period is-not much use I know.
    Cannot say this-it is up to you when to return. Surely they've budgeted for your return, as when you left, you could have had only 6 months off?
    I'm afraid that you have to look out for number one and do what is right for you. If you've nearly had a year, you won't be getting paid anyway so I can see why you want to go back.
    Good luck
     
  4. Your union are correct -you can state any day as your return to work date, even if it is the first day of the holidays. Stick to your guns, write your letter stating your chosen date and do as you wish. Your Head cannot refuse your return date - if she does, get her refusal in writing and contact your Union again.
     
  5. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    It strikes me that your union was exceptionally helpful. They gave you exactly the right information. You don't ask to return to work. You are required to give 21 days notice of when you intend to return to work. And your school must make adjustments accordingly.
     
  6. Thank you for all your replies. I wish I had just written the letter stating my return date and not had a meeting with the head. Never mind, I will write my letter saying I am returning on the 19th as this is exactly one year of maternity leave. At least when, hopfully, we have another baby I will know what to do!
    Sarah
     

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