Returning to work after maternity leave can be a daunting prospect. It is really important to know your rights as a working mum for a stress free return to work. Babythingz, a leading supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs, has compiled vital information to help parents heading back to work.
Know your rights as a working Mum
Citizens Advice states that a woman can be on maternity leave for up to 52 weeks (26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks of additional leave) There is no need for a mother to give notice of returning to work as long as she is returning on the day agreed, however if she wants to return to work early, he must give 8 weeks notice and agree the new date before she returns to work.
Returning to you position
You are entitled to return to your original position if it is still practical for her. It is up to the employer to find suitable alternative work for the new mother, if they can’t, she could be entitled to redundancy pay.
Holidays and maternity leave
Holidays can be taken directly before or after maternity leave, this is a great way to extend your paid leave. Taking a holiday after maternity leave does however class you as being back at work. Holidays can be accrued whilst on maternity leave.
If you wish to breastfeed upon your return to work you must put this in writing and give your employer suitable notice to assess if this is possible and make the necessary arrangements. There are currently no legal requirements to provide a breastfeeding space, however they cannot stop you returning to work due to breastfeeding. If your employer refuses it is best to seek professional advice on the matter.
Employees have the right to request flexible working hours as long as they have been with the same employer for at least 26 weeks. Upon requesting flexible hours, your employer should asses the pros and cons, then discuss it with you. You can potentially take them to court if this doesn’t happen. Employers can take up to 3 months to decide before changing your contract or giving their reasons for denial in writing.
You can find out more information on your rights from the following sources.