Have just been advised that due to being absent from work for 14 weeks (was paid for some of it) last year I have apparently used all of my sick pay and now won't get paid any sick pay if am off during my pregnancy. Is this right? I have had 2 days off with stomach cramps when thought was going to miscarry and 2 days for appointments at FMC due to high risk of abnormalities.
Yes, antenatal appointments should not be sick pay. Also, pregnancy-related sickness should not count towards your sick leave total. You need to go and shout at HR.
The NHS is crappy on this stuff. A friend of mine had to get a lawyer on them about leave issues in her first pregnancy and ended up with a formal apology letter. Second pregnancy, they're trying it on with her again over the exact same issue.
Stiffy is not 100% correct - although pregnancy related sickness doesn't count towards absence trigger points, it is paid in line with normal sickness policy so if you have used up all of your sick pay then it will only be paid as SSP. Appointments are paid as normal pay, they don't count as sickness.
My company allocates employees up to 12 paid sick days a year. I had 25 days sick at the beginning of pg due to complications. My company agreed to extend my paid sick leave to 20 days, anything after that I use annual leave to cover it or just don't get paid (other than SSP).
You're entitled to be paid for any antenatal care. I've had a lot of appointments for this pg. My boss wasn't happy with this and tried to make me take holiday to go to these but I went to HR and they confirmed I'm entitled to the time for appointments.