Just wanting to pick a few brains if that's ok!?
Im currently on unpaid maternity leave and received the 12 weeks paid parental leave upon birth of my daughter in Sept 2013. Unfortunately my entire maternity leave was spent in hospital due to acquiring a sepsis infection after the birth with further complications and surgeries required.
My employer has advised that, as I was not able to return to work, that I had to use annual leave during my recovery (concurrent to the 12 weeks paid) and from then on it was going to be unpaid maternity leave.
Now I'm currently still recovering from yet another surgery with another scheduled for next month and apparently even though I have medical letters and certificates from doctors and surgeons, I cannot use any of my sick or personal leave (i have accrued 12 weeks) whilst on unpaid maternity leave. I have looked into this and this is apparently law.
Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience being ill on maternity leave and if so is it possible to notify the employer of a return to work date then submit a sick leave certificate from return to work date?