I was wondering if this is the norm? Am currently doing a maternity cover for this academic year, and I will be employed until the last day of the summer term.
My contract is for the duration of the first day of the autumn term to the last day of the summer term (private school, early July finish). In effect, they are not planning on paying me for July and August although I will have worked for the full academic year.
Is it worth taking up with HR? I am really enjoying the school and hope there will be a vacancy (looking unlikely at this point). But it just seems so unfair!
I went back to work for the last week of term after my maternity cover - which meant that I got paid for that week and the whole summer holiday. It was fantastic timing for me - not so much for my cover though, which I never thought of until now.
I think what whine describes is pretty standard for teachers - return the week before the break to get the break paid so it also means that the maternity cover ends to match that date. Sorry OP, but it likely that you had a contract with either fixed dates or a clause which said that your post ended when the mat leaver returned. I can see why you would think it was harsh, though.
As a ml returner you don’t have to go back the week before to get paid in the holidays. I ended my ml first day of holidays and got paid at the end of July (for the week or so of July) then full month of August. I also went pt from start of Sept so pt pay didn’t happen until end of sept. Sorry OP but it is pretty standard not to get paid holidays if on maternity cover