Are you thinking of returning to work after maternity leave? 

Not sure what your rights are? 

Not sure on your childcare options? 

Do not worry, we know this can seem very overwhelming and tricky to organise when your little angel is around. We hope this blog can give you a few top tips and point you in the right direction for support and make you aware of the options available to you. 

Maternity Leave 

Presuming you are returning to the same job, when you ask for maternity leave most employers will give you a return date of around a year later, but remember to state if you wish to return earlier. 

If you change or mind on when you would like to return, do not worry just contact your employer in plenty of time with your desired return dates:  

  • to end your leave sooner, tell your employer at least 8 weeks before your new end date
  • to end your leave later, tell your employer at least 8 weeks before your old end date

Alternatively if you decide not to return to work, your contract will tell you what notice to give.

Unless stated in your contract, you have a right to return to work after your maternity leave.

Returning to work

You’re entitled to return to the same job after maternity leave if you’ve been away 26 weeks or less. Your pay and conditions must be the same as or better than if you hadn’t gone on maternity leave. 

If you have been on maternity leaver for more than 26 weeks, it's unfair dismissal and maternity discrimination if your employer doesn’t let you return to work after maternity leave, or if they offer you a different job without a strong reason.

To find out more information and support click HERE

Part Time or flexible Hours 

You can speak to your employer and ask for part time or flexible hours at any point of your employment. They do not have to agree to this but they should arrange a meeting with you, give you an answer within 3 months and give this decision to you in writing and explain there reasoning for refusal if this arises. 

If you refuse your request find more information on how to deal with this HERE

Not returning to work

If you make the decision to not return to work, you will find your notice period in your contract. Ensure you get paid for any holiday you have left including the period you were on maternity leave. 

For more information click HERE

Maternity Pay 

If you get contractual maternity pay you might only keep your full amount if you return to work.

You will not need to pay back statutory maternity pay or Maternity Allowance, even if you don’t return to work. 

To find out more about what maternity pay you are entitled to click HERE

Childcare Options 

There are many different childcare options available if you are thinking of returning to work and it is a tough decision finding the right one for you and your family. Read our blog to give you an overview of the options available and little bit about each one to help you in your decision. Read it HERE

If Nursery seems like the right option for you, we would love to meet you and your family. 

Why not come for a look around, Book a Visit HERE

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