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09/04/2013 at 11:51
My leave year is April-March. Baby is due end of July. I have 23 days annual leave left to use in this year.
I was planning to use annual leave 37-40 weeks and start mat leave on my due date (plus take the last five Fridays off before that and roll 3 days forward). I’m then taking the full 12 months maternity leave. So, would have 55 full weeks off.
My boss thinks it would be better to start mat leave immediately and roll forward all my annual leave. He thinks I should take the 52 mat weeks, then use the 23 days annual leave to work part time for the first month or two when I return to work.
I think this would be slightly more expensive 1) because my terms & conditions change as soon as I return so will lose pay – about £40; and 2) as I will put the baby in nursery when I return to work, and the cost/day is less when they’re in for a full week rather than part time. I agree it might be better emotionally though to have flexibility and a phased return to full time. But it’s not like I’ll be completely void of holidays on my return with my option – I’ll have 41 days to use in 8 months!
Is his option better? I’m confused!
09/04/2013 at 12:01
I did it the same as you, as you say you will have leave to use at the other end too so that shouldn't be an issue. We can't carry leave over so I had to do it that way.
09/04/2013 at 12:18
Wll they pay you for any? TBH I was bored by giving up work so early so I'd maybe leave it another week and go with your option.
09/04/2013 at 12:25
Do what YOU want to do. As long as they will roll this years leave to next. Don't let them steam roller you into doing what is obviosly more convenient for them. If you want to take this years leave before ML then do that. It would take you 12 weeks to use the leave up if you did a 3 day week return, then up to 5. Dont know what you do but is having a short week feasible? Would you end up doing extra days here and there and not having the proper time off? Have you considered doing one or two KIT (keeping in touch) days towards the end instead as a kind of phased return?
09/04/2013 at 12:29
Yeah good point about the kit days!
09/04/2013 at 12:38
We can definitely carry leave over as just checked with HR, but I think I would feel more comfortable taking my leave upfront and knowing I can't lose it. If I later chose to work to 38 weeks say then it would be easy to change and roll it forward.
I think part time would truly be part time so a short week would definitely be feasible on my return. I would probably use my 41 days to go 4 days/week for the rest of the year anyway.
To be honest, I think it's more my bosses manner rather than his suggestion which is getting my goat. He's just trying to help me but is only going off his own personal experience - which means I should work until 39 weeks and go part time before coming back in full time. He says it's much harder at the other end, but I don't think he appreciates that late pregnancy probably isn't a barrel of laughs either! He definitely sees it from a man's POV - like mat leave before babys arrival is just some glorified holiday!
09/04/2013 at 12:46
Do whatever you are comfortable with, he might be talking from his experience but hes not you. I'm taking 4 weeks ML before and then 4 weeks leave at the end, means the same really, swings and roundabouts. If baby came early and ML automatically started (although I do I often wonder how they would know unless you told them!) woudl you be able to alter it and put the leave on the end?
09/04/2013 at 12:52
Yeah, it would be fine to add the leave on the end if he was early.
Okay, think I might do something in between then... start ML at 39 weeks and carry an extra 5 days forward. That'd give me 46 days when I return so plenty of scope for flexibility.
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