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Returning To Work

A9.1 The legal minimum period of maternity leave is 2 weeks after your baby is born.

A9.1 The legal minimum period of maternity leave is 2 weeks after your baby is born.

A9.2    52 weeks after the start of the maternity leave however, this may be extended by local agreement in exception...

A9.2    52 weeks after the start of the maternity leave however, this may be extended by local agreement in exceptional circumstances.

A9.3 Only if you wish to return earlier than your original return date, in which case you must give 28 days notice of...

A9.3 Only if you wish to return earlier than your original return date, in which case you must give 28 days notice of your return. 

A9.4 You will be asked to repay the full amount of Occupational Maternity Pay received less 6 weeks at 90% of OMP. Ar...

A9.4 You will be asked to repay the full amount of Occupational Maternity Pay received less 6 weeks at 90% of OMP. Arrangements can be made with the Payroll Department to repay the sum owed in reasonable instalments to avoid unnecessary hardship.

A9.5 Yes, We aim to support and encourage mothers who wish to breastfeed after they return to work. If you wish to co...

A9.5 Yes, We aim to support and encourage mothers who wish to breastfeed after they return to work. If you wish to continue breastfeeding your child when you return to work you should arrange to meet your line manager to discuss the provisions required. This meeting will need to take place at least four weeks before you plan to return to discuss working arrangements, which will allow you to continue to breastfeed.

 As a result we may need to change your working pattern temporarily in order to support you and this should be discussed with your line manager prior to your return. Where practicable, time off during working hours will be provided to allow you to breastfeed if your baby is cared for nearby, or to express milk.

 Please refer to Breast Feeding Policy for more information.

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is calculated on the amount of average weekly earnings during the 8 week period, fiftee...

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is calculated on the amount of average weekly earnings during the 8 week period, fifteen weeks prior to the expected date of confinement (weeks 17 to 25 of pregnancy). A "salary sacrifice" arrangement will reduce the amount of salary that is liable to National Insurance Contributions. If you continue to take the vouchers during weeks 17 to 25 then your statutory and occupational payments will be reduced by the amount of the “salary sacrifice”. However you should note that if you take the vouchers during weeks 17 to 25 and plan to continue to take vouchers throughout your leave the cost of the vouchers during any unpaid maternity leave will be met by the Health Board.

 If you currently take childcare vouchers you will have to decide whether you should continue to take them during this period. This is a personal decision and neither the Payroll Department nor your HR Manager can advise you.