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Annual leave and bank holiday help

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thebloodycat Thu 10-Nov-16 10:05:01


Wondered if someone could help.

I work for the NHS (have done since May 2016). I’m going to be taking maternity leave from the 3 January 2017 for one year until the 2 January 2018. As I’ve been with the company less than one year I’ll only receive statutory maternity leave.

I don’t intend to return to work once my maternity leave is over so will hand in my notice in 4 weeks before I’m due to return to work, so that will be around the 2 December 2017.

My question is how much annual leave will I be owed? I get 27 days annual leave per year and the year runs from 1 April – 31 March so I am I right in thinking I’ll accrue annual leave from the 1 April 2017 – 2 January 2018? Also how are bank holidays factored into this?

As I won’t be returning I’m happy to either be paid for the annual leave they owe me or have it added to my maternity leave. I assume I can choose which one.

Not sure if it’s relevant but for this year I have used all my annual leave.

Thanks in advance.

mrscrocopop Thu 10-Nov-16 10:39:11

Hiya, I am unsure about the a/l - I assume bank holidays will be added to it. However I think I should check your contract re: not going back after a years mat leave - I thought the NHS required you to come back for three months after May leave? Or are you planning on covering this three months with a/l?

thebloodycat Thu 10-Nov-16 10:41:59

You only need to return for three months if receiving occupational maternity leave which I'm not entitled to having worked for them for less than a year. I only get statutory maternity leave which you don't have to pay back if you don't return.

AntiHop Thu 10-Nov-16 10:49:55

I accrued annual leave but not bank holidays. With the agreement of my manager I was allowed to carry over all the leave I accrued into the new financial year and then took it all at the end of my mat leave before starting back at work. I'm not sure what would happen if your manager refused to let you carry it over and you entered a new leave year.

user1471507699 Thu 10-Nov-16 10:53:39

I am just returning to an NHS job after mat leave. I have accrued my leave but NOT bank holidays. When I looked into it, you are entitled to bank holidays if you only have basic annual leave i.e. 20 days plus bank holidays. As the NHS gives a higher amount of annual leave, they don't have to add on bank holidays. If anyone knows different do let me know, I don't fully trust my manager had the correct information! So yes you would be paid for 9 months of leave, so just under 21 days I guess.

user1471507699 Thu 10-Nov-16 10:55:09

Looks like it was the same for AntiHop then, that's reassuring.

thebloodycat Thu 10-Nov-16 10:55:40

Thank you. I will ask HR and let you know what mine says!

Kitch82 Thu 10-Nov-16 13:54:23

I'm a radiographer in the NHS and I th in k the rules around bank hols have changed very recently see this link know from my union:
I have 2 colleagues who have returned to work since this and have had their bank hols added on to leave entitlement. I guess with annual leave you could take it at the of mat leave and it would include your notice period.

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