... I think I'm right in thinking that there is nothing my employer can do about it - they just have to pay me the same maternity leave pay as they have just done for this baby and sort out maternity cover again - is that right?
I have just taken 7 months off to have my baby (1 month annual leave and 6 months maternity leave, all fully paid 100%)... I start back at work in 3 weeks - if I go back pregnant (or get pregnant very quickly after starting back), do I just work until I am 36 weeks again and then they have to give me 7 months off again, fully paid?
(Am posting this in employment topic as well - but think this topic is a bit busier during the day)..
I returned to work after maternity leave already pregnant again (which went down as well as you might imagine). I'm not sure if it is universal, but in the NHS being on maternity leave counts as service, so you should still get your full maternity entitlements again.
As far as I can work out, while you are on Maternity leave in the UK you are still counted as working. That is according to the tax man as well as your employer.
There for you are entitled to the same maternity leave again. The only thing you have to watch out for is being back at work during the weeks they count your average maternity pay from. I think my weeks were 17-25 this time, not sure if this is the same in every company.
Please correct me if I am wrong though.. as I may be planning my next pregnancy around this theory!!
YOu will certainly be entitled to leave but it sounds like you are getting an enhanced package from your employer and they may put other conditions on that so you'll need to check with your employer's policy.
Thanks everyone - will check the small print but it's a complicated situation as it's an Irish company and they have done it differently because I am based in the UK so will have to wait and see how it pans out.