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Maternity Pay

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by lost_in_translation, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Hi!
    Just wondering how much anyone on here can tell me about maternity pay? I'm currently 14 weeks pregnant, due in late Sept so working till the summer and starting maternity leave at the start of next academic year. I am very unlikely to go back to work as I work a long way from where I live, the school is small and cannot realistically offer me part time and we can afford to live on my husband's wages alone so the plan is for me to have a career break for a while.

    Just wondering where this puts me in terms of mat pay entitlements. I have read the tes maternity faq pages and understand that as I have been in my current post since 2008 I would be entitled to the enhanced pay under the burgandy book but I really don't want to go back for the 13 weeks (yes I know the summer hols would count but it's just not for me). Do I have an option not to take the enhanced pay unless I go back? Or do I have to receive it and pay back the enhanced bit later? Any help much appreciated?

    Thanks x
  2. toeinwater

    toeinwater New commenter

    I believe, from being a long-standing member on here, that you can opt out of the payment in the first place. I think the idea is that if your circumstances change and that you do go back to work, it can be paid to you in one go.
    It may not even be worth doing considering the current economic climate, but you could look into receiving the money and having it in as high an interest account as you could find whilst it accumulates, then you may gain some interest which you would get to keep. It's unlikely to be much, but surely it all counts. This would work more so if you tell school you are taking the full year, so you'd not have to pay it back as soon as those payments finished, ie stat mat covers the last part of mat leave I think.
  3. Hi
    When I filled in my Maternity Application Form (!!) for my maternity leave there was a tick box section which allowed me to choose one of the following:
    * It is my intention to return to duty and I wish my OMP to be paid in full
    * It is my intention to return to duty and I wish my entitlement to half pay to be suspended until my return to duty
    * I am undecided and I understand that half pay will only be payable if I return to duty
    * I do not intend to return to duty and understand that I will not recieve half pay
    Hope this helps [​IMG]

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