Basically last July I went to my 20 week scan and the baby had died so I let work know I wouldn't be in and delivered the baby a few days later.
I ended up going back to work the first week of September as work was building up on my and I was getting calls asking when i am back. (I had sent in doctors notes for the period I was off)
By this point I had received a letter to say I was on SSP as the company policy is to pay 2 weeks full pay then ssp however due to the circumstances they extended that by a further few weeks.
I couldn't afford to live on the £80 odd pound a week so had to return.
I am now pregnant again and at week 17 (when my last baby had actually died) I was under so much pressure with work had a massive increased workload with no extra pay plus the stress and anxiety of the baby was giving me palpitations and BP worries by my midwife. I sent in the doctors note and had so much work building up I returned a week later.
My boss had a meeting with me on my day back and basically told me I had no sick pay and was straight on ssp for that week. Is this correct?
I'm now basically £400 down this month so money worries and I'm also scared to be off sick because im still within 12 months of being off last July! I just can't afford to live on SSP!
Are the rules different when it comes to pregnancy illness or are my work within their rights doing this?
It depends on your sick pay policy as to how much sick pay you have. Ordinarily you wouldn't get additional sick pay for pregnancy related illnesses but they can't hold the absences against you, i.e. You can't be dismissed for having pregnancy related absence.
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