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Maternity cover early termination

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by cyclops77, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. cyclops77

    cyclops77 New commenter

    Dear all,

    I have been a full time teacher for a comprehensive school since last September. Following a string of issues with one key player (albeit not my own line manager) I found myself today with the confirmation that not only I will not be offered an extension after Easter but also that my maternity cover will come to an end next Friday (not even at the end of March!) Is this even legal? Unbeknownst to me, the school's contract included a cheeky clause of only one week's notice and on top of that the letter clearly states that I would only be paid until the end of the next week. I feel I am being treated worse than agency supply teachers although I have not even been through disciplinary procedures at all. Obviously I had been looking elsewhere for jobs after Easter but this final act of discrimination will put me in a precarious situation with six full weeks unpaid. Any help will be much appreciated. regards. Frank.
  2. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    How horrible for you, and I hate to say this but I am fairly sure it is legal :( It's because teachers taking maternity leave can be quite flexible about when they come back (to a point obviously.)

    I'm really sorry. I hope I am wrong.
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  3. delftlover

    delftlover New commenter

    Contact union asap.
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  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Oh, how disappointing for you. Really awful to have that news. I am very sorry to hear this.

    However, it would seem to be part of your contractual agreement with the school, and thus apparently legal.

    Not cheeky at all, fairly common in fact in maternity contracts, as the member of staff might wish to return at fairly short notice. It doesn't say in the contract that this short notice is only if she is returning, does it? That would be unusual to be honest; it's generally quite straightforwardly one week's notice. And they have given you that?

    Not sure how it could be unbeknownst to you, since presumably you received a copy of the contract and signed it . . . after reading it . . .

    Yes, you are in an unhappy and disadvantageous situation. The other issue (I may be making things worse for you here) is that if, as you seem to suggest in your post, you have been given your contractual notice because of some sort of issue with another teacher, this may be reflected in the reference that they write. If they even agree to write one. :(

    You could contact your union and ask for help over the reference issue at the very least. My fear is that since the one week's notice is in your contract, then one week it may have to be.

    This is very sad.

    With best wishes for gaining a post for next term.

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  5. Luke66

    Luke66 New commenter

    Have you asked for feedback why it's ending early?
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