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extending mat leave

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KatoPotato Mon 18-Jan-16 11:30:19

HI there,

hope someone can help. I am currently on maternity leave, and before I left I agreed to take 39 weeks Maternity leave and my accrued AL, giving me a RTW date in March.

However I feel I was a bit hasty in making this decision and underestimated what time I would like have off.

Does anyone know if I am able to extend my Mat leave by a further 7 weeks (which of course I understand is unpaid) to take a bit more time off and would I still be able to use my AL at the end of this?

LaceyLee Mon 18-Jan-16 11:32:06

Yes you are entitled to one year plus accrued annual leave. So they would have to agree to your request. Best to let them know soon so they can make plans.

Ellypoo Mon 18-Jan-16 13:15:31

You need to give at least 8 weeks notice if you want to change your RTW date though, so you need to speak to them asap really.

flowery Mon 18-Jan-16 14:58:50

Yes you can extend your maternity leave as long as you give the requisite 8 weeks notice, but no they wouldn't have to agree to your request to tack your holiday on to the end of that.

They probably would allow it, but they could require you to return to work instead and take annual leave at another time.

KatoPotato Mon 18-Jan-16 20:36:34

Thanks everyone, I've sent an email today which is within the 8weeks I hope!

Thank you

titchredge Sun 24-Jan-16 22:50:40

Flowery I have noticed you post quite alot. Would be really grateful if you could give me some advice regarding raising a grievance about maternity discrimination

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 25-Jan-16 07:10:01

Titch if you create your own thread with your situation I'm sure flowery ( and there are other HR professionals) will give you some advice.

titchredge Mon 25-Jan-16 19:16:13

Opened new thread bit basic..if anyone could advise would be very grateful
Thread called maternity discrimination?
Hope op gets sorted and sorry for hi jacking

KatoPotato Mon 25-Jan-16 22:30:55

All sorted thank you! Work were brilliant and very kind. I'm going back just after ds2's 1st birthday!

titchredge Mon 25-Jan-16 23:04:46

Nice to see some employers are understanding and supportive enjoy the extra time with the little one

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