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Handing in notice after maternity leave

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thebloodycatwontstopmeowing Thu 02-Nov-17 17:42:19


Sorry if this isn’t the right place.

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.


thebloodycatwontstopmeowing Thu 02-Nov-17 22:31:11

Anyone? confused

MyKingdomForBrie Thu 02-Nov-17 22:33:18

Yep that’s what I did, give notice one month before your leave would be up. You should then get paid for any remaining holiday allowance.

thebloodycatwontstopmeowing Thu 02-Nov-17 22:43:06

Thank you! I keep worrying that if I give one month they’ll say I should have given more and I’ll have to go back for a few weeks!! I can’t find anything about it in my contract, only the normal resignation process.

MyKingdomForBrie Thu 02-Nov-17 23:12:31

If your notice period is one month then that should be all you need to give. I should have given three months but they let me get away with two.

CotswoldStrife Thu 02-Nov-17 23:19:20

Check the maternity leave policy, as that usually states the notice required - companies should assume that you are taking the full year but it may say that if you are returning on a different date then it is (for example) 8 weeks notice. So I'd check your mat leave policy for more information.

thatwhichwecallarose Thu 02-Nov-17 23:22:34

Why can’t you tell them now? I know you don’t have to but you can give more than 1 months notice.

Or give notice and then take annual leave?

thebloodycatwontstopmeowing Fri 03-Nov-17 15:56:17

Thanks everyone.

Whilst on mat leave I’m obviously accumulating around 2 days of annual leave per month, if I hand it in now (a month early) surely I’d lose 2 days of paid leave?

Hoping to just give the minimum notice period possible as they have been awful dealing with my maternity leave and pregnancy time so no interest in doing them any favours!!

MyKingdomForBrie Fri 03-Nov-17 16:36:26

Yeah I waited until the last minute, partly to be certain it was what I wanted!

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