Extra Maternity Leave available?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy Club' started by Neecee, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Neecee

    Neecee Guest

    My friend informed me that I may be able to take extra maternity leave. I had originally planned to take 26 weeks, as I can't afford to be off for 52 weeks, but my friend told me that apparantly I can take 9 months off and those extra weeks are still paid, but just at a lower rate. She said it was introduced in April this year. Does anyone know anything about this? Any advice would be much appreciated as my porridge brain can't remember the goverment site that has maternity info on it!
     
  2. FEDup1981

    FEDup1981 Mam of two & two angels

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    Yes thats right, its 9 months now, on smp
     
  3. Neecee

    Neecee Guest

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks! Now I just need to find the info and change up my plans...


    So is that 9 months now classed as ordinary maternity leave?
     
  4. lorrilou

    lorrilou Well-Known Member

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    has it not gone up to 12mths maternity leave with pay now?!!
     
  5. nessajane

    nessajane Well-Known Member

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    its been 9 months since april last year!!
     
  6. Fossey

    Fossey Mummy to Larissa

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  7. Neecee

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    You can take up to 52 weeks, but I only qualify for SMP up to 39 weeks.
     
  8. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Yep standard maternity leave is 39 weeks paid at SMP with the first 6 of those at 90% pay but everyone is entitled to a full 52 weeks' leave with the last three months unpaid.

    Don't forget that you get your bank holidays added to your holiday allowance too.
     
  9. moo2

    moo2 Mommy to George

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    I believe there are plans to introduce paid leave for the full 52 weeks but we will not qualify as our LO's will be born before its intoduced. I think this was due to start next year but it has been put on hold.

    I know people have mentioned it before but this 'tiger tool' is really useful. If you put in your due date you can print off a personalised calender showing all the key dates relating to your pregnancy regarding maternity leave/pay...
    https://tiger.direct.gov.uk/cgi-bin/maternity.cgi

    Hope this helps...?
     
  10. Neecee

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    Thakns a lot! Yeah, I found that tool and printed off my customized calendar. I've adjusted my dates so that I can leave earlier and go back to work later.:happydance:
     
  11. tink

    tink mummy of 5!

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    ooo thats a good bit of info thanx x
     
  12. FEDup1981

    FEDup1981 Mam of two & two angels

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    Aww im glad you found that out Neece, now you can have more time with ur baby xxx
     
  13. Neecee

    Neecee Guest

    I'm having trouble walking coz of sciatica in my back and legs, so knowing that I won't have to commute for much longer is a big relief too!
     
  14. mrscookie

    mrscookie Mama and expecting

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    yeaaap! 9 months :D good aint it!
    xx
     
  15. Neecee

    Neecee Guest

    Yep! The best time of our lives!
     
  16. moo2

    moo2 Mommy to George

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    I think bank holidays are still a bit of a grey area? I have been looking into this and all of the info. I've found says it depends on your individual contract of emplyment? The goverment are looking to introduce it as a maternity benefit but its not in force yet. :shrug:

    Unless I've missed something PeanutBean? I really hope I have as it would be fab to get more time off on full pay :rofl:
     
  17. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Well I only get stat for everything, no perks, and when I asked HR as I wasn't sure she told me it would be added to my annual leave!
     
  18. Neecee

    Neecee Guest

    Public holiday are seperate for me. I get 23 days paid and then the public hols on top of that.
     
  19. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Me too, I get 27 leave days plus bank holidays. So when I got back next year my 2009 leave will be 34 days as all 7 bank holidays will have taken place while I was on leave.
     
  20. moo2

    moo2 Mommy to George

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    Corr, that sounds great! Thanks PB, I'll speak to my HR dept too :hugs:
     

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