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Maternity and bonuses

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rocket74 Tue 30-Oct-12 14:57:42

Hi. Currently on maternity leave and receive only the statutory amount from my employer.
This month everyone got a 10% quarterly bonus in their pay packet - except me. I am sure that I am entitled to it - but should it be based on my annual normal salary (this is what I think) or is it based on my maternity leave pay?
I have looked on a few websites but none seem to clarify on which pay it should be based.
I am sure when I was off with 1st DC I got the full amount so don't know why this has happened.

I have queried it with them - said it must have been an oversight on their part rather than wading in heavy handed !!!- but just need to know the law if it comes to it.

LadyKooKoo Wed 31-Oct-12 12:59:08

How long have you been on maternity leave and for what quarter is the bonus due? Our bonuses are paid annually in March. I received one in 2011 (finished work in December 2010) but did not get one in 2012 (by which point I was back at work) as I had not been at work in 2011. I do not think there is any law which covers bonus payments as they are generally at the discrestion of the employer and are not mandatory.

HorraceTheOtter Wed 31-Oct-12 13:06:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

rocket74 Wed 31-Oct-12 17:02:09

thanks - I have been on maternity for five months so missed this quarter.
I just thought that you were entitled to benefits and bonuses whilst on maternity regardless of whether you have worked that quarter - but apparently not.
I'm sure the old directgov website used to say something to that affect but no longer. boohoo!

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