I'm just wondering if anyone has had an experiences with employer paid mat leave (not gov paid parental leave) and return to work clauses. Here is a little background on my situation.
I'm on a contract that has an end date in late 2015. My employer will pay my full wage as long as I return to work with 12 months remaining on my contract. So at this stage I'm looking at taking 6 months off and returning to work late next year which will allow me to qualify for the paid mat leave. However my employer says that if I take the leave and don't return with 12 months left ( such as my contract end date is brought forward or I can't return in October) then I will be forced to repay the mat leave.
I have full intentions to return but I feel like they are trying to force me into not taking the paid leave. My only concern is, if I take the paid leave and can't come back, say my baby is unwell or I just completely change my mind. Can they really enforce me to pay them back? Obviously I won't be working so I don't know how I would be able to. I've also heard these types of clauses actually can't be enforced (not sure if that's true). I just want to know what I'm getting into if I take it, as it will be quite a help if I do get it!
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