As I will be discussing some work related bits and bobs over the next few weeks and don’t want to keep repeating myself, tonight’s blog is to tell you about my maternity arrangement with my employer.
I started my current job in February 2009 as a temp. There were some politics involved in my appointment but they are for another post.
Anyway, I was pregnant at the time and, as I’d suffered as part of the first wave of recession redundancies, was just glad to have a job. They made me a permanent member of staff on the 1st of April 2009.
I left for maternity leave the first time on 17th July 2009 but didn’t qualify for maternity pat from them, so I claimed statutory maternity from the government for 9 months and returned to work three days a week in April 2010.
This time, I left for maternity on the 11th of April 2011 and as I had served over a year (they count maternity leave as continuous employment) I qualified for full pay for six months…provided I return and serve 52 weeks.
So, there you have it. We needed the full pay, so I had to promise to go back for 52 weeks. If I decide not to return now, I have to pay back everything paid to me above statutory, including pre tax and tax and NI deductions.
I think I made the wrong decision.