Hi supposed to be going back in March after my mat leave. I haven't managed to get any kind of childcare that I feel happy with, nurseries with any vacancies where I live are awful. After thinking about it long and hard I have decided to be a SAHM a bit longer, we'll be broke and have to give up alot but I can live with that.
I am confused about the whole maternity pay thing. Do I have to pay back the money given to me during my period of maternity leave. I read in the NHS 0-5 yrs book that it was illegal for my employer to ask for the money back, but a friend of mine says it's standard practise. Anyone know?
zsooz - did you get 90% of your pay for 6 weeks, then £100 a week for 20 weeks - if you did, all you got was statutory maternity pay, so you won't have to pay anything back. if you got anything more than that, then you might have to pay that back depending on the terms of your contract.
In the NHS it's pay back anything above statutory mat. pay if you don't return and work for a minimum period of 3 months. As you won't be returning at all you will probably be asked to do this.
However, you could always take extra time off as unpaid leave and defer your return to work without penalty (i.e. you won't have to pay your mat. pay back if you take say another 6 months off unpaid leave but do eventually return)
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I think I also received some additional pay too but will have to check this (was poorly towards end of pregnancy and not really with it) will get payslips sorted tomorrow and see what is what. I was wondering about asking if I could have another 6 months off. Hopefully all will be clearer tomorrow. Doh...ad lib to fade etc...
Agree with Gobbledigoose they can request back any top up payments, over and above SMP etc, but Ithink only if that payment has been stated up front as being conditional upon your return to work for a minimum period. If you receive any Benefits in Kind these are unconditional and you are fully entitiled to receive them for the duration of maternity leave, but obviously if you effectively give them notice, normal rules would then apply as regards relinquishing them. You could request a Career Break if the company offers such a scheme but it may or may not guarantee you a job at the end of it. (I took 5 years and it was good for my pension for 2 years-ish but I wasn't in a position to apply for a job at the end of it anyway).
My company does something bizarre where they ask you to pay back all the extra + the tax you already paid if you don't go back for the required amount of time (ie they pay you an amount above statutory maternity pay during maternity leave that is net of tax (as you get normally ie tax deducted at source) and if you don't go back they want the whole gross amount back!) - how they justify this I have no idea.
MrsFogi - my company used to be the same in that you had to pay back the gross rather than net amount that you had received over and above SMP if you left within a year of returning - presumably it's the only way they can get that tax back. I always assumed that you could then claim it back from Inland revenue as you would obviously have overpaid your tax for that year. Pretty awful though having to pay it all out first and then wait to get it back again (nowadays my company just pay SMP and nothing extra so there's no payback clause and no tie-in for a year - instead they offer an incentive to come back to work in the form of childcare vouchers).