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Maternity Leave and work

(10 Posts)
iamdivergent Mon 18-Apr-16 18:48:19

I'm due to finish up for maternity leave in 5 weeks - hr know when I am leaving and that side is all sorted but I work in a lone position so don't see my line manager frequently. I have seen her twice since I found out I was pregnant. I am planning on taking 11mths maternity leave with the final month being 4 wks of holidays that I will be owed for this year (figures provided from hr) so effectively the last 4 wks i am off will be at full pay (9mths half pay/smp, 2mths nil pay and 4wks full pay)

My boss is a bit scatty and when I said this to her she said she wasn't sure if this was feasible but it clearly states in our mat guidelines that accrued leave must be taken immediately after mat leave.

Is my request sound do you think? I am due to meet with her for the last time before I finish, at the end of the week and want to have it all set in stone iykwim just so I know what I am doing as I will have childcare to sort out

IpreferToblerone Mon 18-Apr-16 18:50:50

I think that sounds fine and I'm sure a lot of employees tag the holiday on the end of ML, just before returning. Maybe your line manager has just not dealt with this scenario before.

TreeSparrow Mon 18-Apr-16 18:51:22

Yes that sounds correct to me. Are you in the union?

DontKillMyVibe Mon 18-Apr-16 19:25:08

I think it depends on what year the accrual is. I'll be commencing maternity leave in August 2016 and plan on taking 12 months but whilst I get all of 2016 accrued holidays I have to take them before my maternity leave commences. I'm not allowed to carry 2016 accrual over into 2017.

iamdivergent Mon 18-Apr-16 19:29:23

Holidays run from Jan to Dec, only allowed to take pro rata what I have earnt up until I go off, rest gets carried forward. Not in the union no but she can't override hr so not particularly worried iykwim, hopefully she speaks to someone from there before we meet! I work for a local authority.

Sanch1 Mon 18-Apr-16 20:18:21

It's what I did with my last pregnancy and what I'm doing this time. If she's anything like my boss she won't know the ins and outs of maternity policy as well as HR so as long as they are happy I'd just inform your boss that's how it is and not worry.

iamdivergent Mon 18-Apr-16 20:43:03

Thanks - I'll let her know and see what she says.

dats Mon 18-Apr-16 22:53:43

I work for a local authority, too - sounds very similar to what I am planning to do
(and did last time round). I'll be going off mid-June so I'm trying to save as much leave as I can from this (new) leave year (runs Apr-Mar), take a few days before mat leave then add the rest to the end, plus pro-rata some of the accrued-while-on-mat-leave leave.

dats 27+1

quitecrunchy Mon 18-Apr-16 22:58:34

Sounds pretty normal. Take along the guidance from HR to brandish at her if needs be. If she's any issue with it she'll need to take it up with HR herself.

iamdivergent Thu 21-Apr-16 19:39:55

Saw her today. All seems fine, happy for me to use my leave at the end of 11mths. Can't believe I finish in just over a month!

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