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16/05/2013 at 08:23
I cant seem to find this on the internet anywhere!
I know that my work have to assume I will take 12 months ML, and that I have to give two months notice to return 'early'. They know I will probably return early so I dont see this as a problem, and they are taking someone on to cover the required time.
But.....my H has just had to sign a new contract at work and they are now all on 1 year temporary contracts renewed in September, his post is a funded one so until recently we thought he was secure until April. His boss doesnt seem to think he'll not have his contract renewed is September, but there is that risk and he's currently applying for other jobs just in case.
My question is what if he did lose his job and I wanted to go back REALLY early? If i give 2 months notice do they have to say yes, or can they say no given that they have taken this person on for a fixed 12 months?
16/05/2013 at 08:40
As far as I am aware as long as you give 8 weeks notice then you can go back when you want. The only mat leave you HAVE to take is the 2 weeks after birth. It's their issue that they have taken someone on on a fixed term contract not yours x
16/05/2013 at 08:50
Like LP said. You can't go back to work for two weeks after birth. Anytime after that you can return. So you could tell them on the day baby was born and go back when baby was 8 weeks old . They can't refuse you so long as you have given your 8 week notice.
If the person has been taken on specifically to cover mat leave, then it will be a 12 month contract because that's all they want them for - ie: they don't want them any longer than that and they are simply there to fill a position while someone is on mat leave. If they choose to let them go early because you return early they would just have to give the employee notice that their employment is ending- hence why you have to give them notice so they have time to do this and don't have to pay for both of you
16/05/2013 at 08:56
Thanks ladies. Im sure it wont come to it, I just need to know there is a back up plan!!
16/05/2013 at 09:55
What LP said! Nice to have a plan B but try not to worry too much about it x
16/05/2013 at 12:05
Try not to worry about it too much. I was working on a maternity leave contract and my contract was until the February. It will probably have something in their contract about being able to end it earlier than planned. The lady I was covering for, returned early - so they just had to give me at least one month's written notice that my contract was ending earlier than planned. So I finished in December.
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