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Returning to work after maternity

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by skellig1182, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. skellig1182

    skellig1182 Established commenter

    Hey everyone,

    I just have a quick question regarding returning to work after maternity.

    I started my leave on 3rd of June. My head asked me roughly when I would be back because they wanted to put an end date on the maternity contract for the person covering me. I just said around May half term.

    If I decided to go back at Easter and notified them, would I be able to or do would the head be able to refuse me coming back until the 52 weeks are done?xx
  2. chevonanc

    chevonanc New commenter

    Hi skellig1182. You do not have to take the full 52 weeks leave and your school cannot force you to do so. It is normal practice for you to give an indication of your return date before your maternity leave starts but this can be amended by you giving the school not less than 8 weeks written notice. This link to the gov.uk website has all of the information you need: https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/leave Congrats and enjoy your time off!
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  3. SammyBear2016

    SammyBear2016 Occasional commenter

    As i understand it you can return at any point before your 52 week maternity leave is up after the two weeks following birth. You will need to check the policy of your school on the notification period you are required to give.
  4. scott1980

    scott1980 Occasional commenter

    Mine employed for the year and I gave a month's notice of my impending return. They knew roughly after Feb half term but I returned April following a difficult birth and savings lasting longer. Congratulations by the way.
  5. cornflake

    cornflake Established commenter

    If you are under the STP&CD, you only need to give 21 days notice of your return to work, otherwise your employer should assume you will return after 52 weeks.

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