I'm only 18 weeks PG and have asked to come back part time after the baby is born. I will do a maximum of three days split however the company prefer. My immediate boss the area manager is all for it. I have spoken to one of my directors who said it will have to go to the board for the chairman to make a decision which is his way of passing the buck.
my question is if they do not offer me part time and i can't come back full time am I still entitled to full maternity pay.
My immediate boss does not think so but my DP thinks I am.
Does anybody actually know???
I feel so stupid asking this as i work in recruitment and should know but none of my Electricians have every rang me with this problem!
I wasn't entitled to it when I didn't go back after ds1 was born but that was in 1997. I had to go back for a minimum of (I think) 11 weeks if I wanted the maternity pay. Things may have changed since then though.
With Tesco I got 6 months pay then took an additional 6 months unpaid (still got BH pay & staff discount though) then they sent a letter to ask if I would be returning and I ticked the no box and sent it back to them - didn't even go in to say goodbye
If you are only getting SMP then you do not have to pay back a penny. If you are getting above SMP, they can only make you pay it back if it specifically states so in your T&C, or the companeis maternity policy.
Remember as well that the onus is on them to say why it is not possible for you to come back part-time and they would have to provide valid business reasons.
Thank god for that. I just want them to say one way or the other. If they don't want me back I have six months to find a new part time job. I live in central manchester so don't think that will be a problem.
I just want them to let me know now but they will make me wait for ages I know they will.