I'm not sure what my rights are in regards to maternity leave. I'm in an ongoing dispute with my employer at the moment in regards to a disciplinary that they tried to put on me before me starting my maternity leave. My employer keep sending me letters back and forth in regards to maternity leave. I'm getting stressed out because in my view all of this should've been all sorted out by my employer before I left them but now they are saying that I have to apply in writing (according to their policy) to them if I want to take the whole year. To top it off they've said that I have to do this by 24th June. My baby is due 28th April. I checked on the goverment website and I was always lead to believe that you automatically get the year and that you have to give notice only if you return within the year??? Can anyone please clarify for me as I think I am going crazy!!