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    Quote Originally Posted by CanJme View Post
    Congrats on falling pregnant naturally Does your work do maternity leave pay? If so then yes you are entitled to it. I went on maternity leave with DD2 fell preg 3months after she was born, never returned to work and still got paid maternity leave..

    DD4 was my little pill baby I was in shock for the first 16weeks but now that she is here I wouldn't want it any other way..
    Thank-you Yes I do get paid mat leave - but I'm worried I won't qualify for the 2nd lot so soon. I've just gone back this month and I'm already pregnant - so isn't there usually a 12 month clause?

    For example our policy states you must have worked 12mths continuously to receive it. This wasn't a problem with my first, but I'll only be back for 6-7mths before leaving again this time. Does that make sense? Or does that the 12mths typically mean in total before your first leave entitlement? I need a HR specialist!

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    I work in HR and at my workplace you would qualify but it depends on the wording of your employer's policy. Ours is not 12 months for each period of leave, it's just 12 months service to be initially entitled to it, which you have.

    Chances are you will get it unless they are really harsh...

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    Yep, my workplace is the same. There is no stipulation on how much time you must have between maternity leave periods. It's just a minimum 12 month period initially and then if you have more than one bub it doesn't matter how close they are together.
    You would still be eligible for the baby bonus and in some cases the baby bonus is actually worth more to you than PPL because of the way it's calculated.

    As for the 18 month gap, don't worry about it! There's 18 months between me and my sister and it was great when we were growing up. Close enough to play together and it meant that we kept each other entertained rather than our parents having to entertain us both separately.

    It'll be tough at times, but having kids always is. You'll be fine *hugs*.

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    I agree with with ^^^^ it's usually the first initial 12 months of being employed there.. It might be worked out at pro-rata(gov do this if you returned part-time etc) but I would speak to HR. If you gave HR a call and asked they should be able to put your mind at ease.. Good luck

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    That's good to know, thanks

    It kind of sucks for employers to have to pay that twice for someone that doesn't come back - but selfishly I'm finding comfort in that right now

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    firstly congratulations, I know it's going to be hard for you and dh but you know that no matter how hard it gets you will always be able to make it through, I don't know how you will, but when there is no alternative you do what has to be done.

    good luck with it all, thoughts are with you

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    Wow! I kind of feel sorry for employers in situations like this. At least I'll be back for 6-7mths, having a worker there for only 2wks but still having to pay again seems a bit unfair - especially if the person say only worked for 12mths in total! Whoever says we don't live in a lucky country is wrong.

    Thanks again everyone, I'm starting to feel a little better now. DH on the other hand is still struggling to come to terms with how this could happen to us!

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    Our policy is the same, but mat leave is considered time working where I work, it is the initial 12 months that matters, so I was the same, I worked 10 months between my previous mat leave and then went back on maternity leave and qualified for another 12 months. Have you got an HR dept to ring?

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    Thank-you Yes I do get paid mat leave - but I'm worried I won't qualify for the 2nd lot so soon. I've just gone back this month and I'm already pregnant - so isn't there usually a 12 month clause?

    For example our policy states you must have worked 12mths continuously to receive it. This wasn't a problem with my first, but I'll only be back for 6-7mths before leaving again this time. Does that make sense? Or does that the 12mths typically mean in total before your first leave entitlement? I need a HR specialist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Our policy is the same, but mat leave is considered time working where I work, it is the initial 12 months that matters, so I was the same, I worked 10 months between my previous mat leave and then went back on maternity leave and qualified for another 12 months. Have you got an HR dept to ring?
    I do, but don't really want to call them yet until it's sunk in for us! I'm also concerned about confidentiality - are they obliged to inform my boss straight away if I tell them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pesca77 View Post
    Thank-you Yes I do get paid mat leave - but I'm worried I won't qualify for the 2nd lot so soon. I've just gone back this month and I'm already pregnant - so isn't there usually a 12 month clause?

    For example our policy states you must have worked 12mths continuously to receive it. This wasn't a problem with my first, but I'll only be back for 6-7mths before leaving again this time. Does that make sense? Or does that the 12mths typically mean in total before your first leave entitlement? I need a HR specialist!
    Sorry haven't read all the posts so apologies if this has been said. Legally you are still considered employed while on maternity leave so you may be fine. I know of people who have fallen pregnant while on maternity leave and have been entitled to get paid maternity leave (one didn't even return in between babies).

    I too am pregnant with a surprise baby so can completely understand how you are feeling. Please don't feel guilty about it.

    Hope you get answers soon:-)


 

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