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Ordinary Maternity Leave question

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by Marmite2016, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. Hi,

    I want to take 26 weeks OML to protect my full employment rights but I'm confused about dates. I've calculated that the last day of my OML will be 30th June so can I return on 1st July or would that mean that I've started additional maternity leave and so won't still be covered by the 26 weeks rule?
  2. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Calculate the 26 weeks from your due date - That is the date you need to return to work on.

    Factor in that should the baby arrive early or you are medically forced to commence maternity leave early, then the commence of OML commences earlier and would affect that date.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I'm not convinced that the employment rights are much different in the case of teachers. As I understand it, if you return with 26 weeks, you're entitled to return to the same job, whereas after that, you're entitled only to return to a job with similar or better T&C. Don't make the mistake of assuming the former means you get to return to the same year group or balance of subjects; the head is entitled to deploy their staff as they see fit, so unless your contract specifies the year group, you could return to find yourself moved from year 6 to year 1 or to PPA cover, as could any other member of staff. The main area where I think it could make a difference is if you hold a TLR; if you take more than six months off, then your head could let whoever's been covering it continue, provided they offer you a different one.
  4. Thanks for your thoughts, they're both really helpful. I do have a TLR and am a subject teacher in a secondary school but I appreciate your point about being redeployed, just trying to do my best to avoid that really as I fear recent changes in staffing to the department make me more vulnerable to losing time in my specialist area. We shall have to see!
  5. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Whatever happens, you might find you don't get your preferred timetable when you return in June/July. If the maternity cover is done by someone who covers your exact timetable, it should be fine, but if their specialisms are slightly different, they may do a bit of jiggling around of the timetable when your maternity leave starts, and they would probably then rather keep it that way for the rest of the year, so you might not get back exactly the timetable you had. September will be a new timetable...

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