I’m due to return to work after one year’s maternity leave on the 2nd January, however I’ve decided to quit and stay at home with my little boy. My contract states that I need to give one month’s notice (under normal circumstances, as in not on maternity leave), so am I right in thinking I just hand my notice in around the 2nd of December? I’m assuming being on maternity leave doesn’t effect the amount of notice you give.
I’ve only received SMP as I wasn’t there long enough to qualify for anything more so I won’t owe them anything. They will owe me annual leave from 1st April- 1st Janueary though which I’ll assume they’ll have to pay me.
What does your Maternity Policy say anout changing your return to work date? Mine says I have to give 8 weeks notice if I plan on returning (or not) on any date which is not 1yr after mat leave began. This over rode their notice policy.
So they're expecting you back in early January? Mine said 8 weeks notice to change of return as well. Is there any reason you can't just give your notice how?
Not sure if this is correct, but could you technically start back in January, so go back on normal payroll, but use your annual leave until it's gone? That would be a simple way to sort it. Your official leaving date would be the last day of annual leave.
I suppose I am then although I made it clean that that would be the date I would return “if” I wanted to return but I hadn’t decided what I was doing (I think they knew it was unlikely I would). There’s nothing explaining this in my contact. I work for the NHS so have also looked online.
You are referring to minimum notice periods so there's no reason to wait until Dec if you're already sure you don't want to go back. More notice is better from an employer's perspective as it gives them a chance to hire a replacement.
If you are sure, just write up your notice today and email it over to your manager and HR contact. Personally I would call HR first to let them know it was coming and talk through any questions you have.
Yes that's right. The fact you're on maternity leave doesn't negate the notice requirements in the contract.
In fact, depending on how well you get on with them you could give them more notice to give them half a chance to fill the position (only do this if you're sure they wouldn't counter serve notice to get you off the books faster).
If you google NHS(*YourArea*) maternity policy it should come up.
I had a year off work, also NHS and got a job in a different area so didnt return to my original place. I emailed my boss and HR the day I got my confirmed start date which gave them 6 weeks notice.
You can hand in notice now and state you're giving them 8 weeks, you'll still accrue holidays because you're still employed until the end date on your notice.
Also, in the last 5 weeks of my mat leave I switched from mat leave to annual leave in ordee to use up 5 weeks before I started the new place, I wouldn't have been able to use them up beforehand. I gave 6 days notice after discussion with my boss and HR, they said it's at managers discretion re: changes as our policy is 28 days notice. Once my boss agreed I wrote my notice, scanned and emailed it to work/HR and as of the following Monday I was on annual leave then started my new job.