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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:20 AM   11
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Hi Coconut, my work is exactly the same, you have to ask what you are entitled to and then it makes it obvious why you want to know.

We are still WTT for a while yet, but it would be handy to know what I would be entitled to so that we can plan our finances for maternity leave.

For me there is no one that has been on maternity but is there anyone in the office you could ask instead of management?



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:29 AM   12
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That's pretty low of them and I wonder if it's even legal. I would think it should be freely accessible to know what their benefits are.

I'd just ask. I've done the same here in my current job. They can't prove anything, you're only asking. Besides, if they were to do anything (fire you, not extend contract, deny a promotion, etc) you can take them to court for discrimination.



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:33 AM   13
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My exact paragraph in the staff handbook is as follows:

Maternity, adoption and paternity leave

The company will fulfil all of its statutory obligations in relation to maternity, adoption and paternity leave and pay.

Employees seeking advice on their entitlement and obligations in relation to these statutory rights should contact the HR Manager.


Surely that can make them influence their decisions in the workplace as people would only be asking if they were planning on needing the leave and pay...I think it's wrong but not sure if there is anything I can do about it...



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 14:00 PM   14
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My handbook says the same as Pennies. It seems that potentially they could have different rules for different people. My company unfortunately is one that treats some people a lot better than others. I think its just one of those things you find out when you are pregnant. I don't think I would feel comfortable asking anyone there who has had a baby and claimed maternity pay!



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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 09:55 AM   15
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I think I have pretty much decided that I will plan my finances for a baby around the statutory maternity pay, anything my employers offer will just be a bonus then!

Also, means they can't treat me differently knowing that I am TTC, I'll just tell them when I get to 12 weeks and then if they treat me differently they are breaking the law!



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 10:18 AM   16
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im in the same situation. i was made redundant in novemeber, but have been doing cash in hand work since then for my old employer!!
i have applied for tons or jobs and only had 3 interviews - all unsuccessful

but i think for my OH to feel more comfortable and secure im gonna just go with the flow and keep applying for jobs, even though we could TTC now, i dont want him to go into this feeling negative but it is hard



 
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