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    Thank-you< I have spoken with fairwork aus and they have been tremendously helpful I completely understand my employer is within their rights here however I was just enquiring if I was to advise my employer I am returning to work and officially cease maternity/parental leave for arguments sake tomorrow, then had my specialist issue a certificate from tomorrow whether I could access my sick leave. I understand its not the most desired outcome from either parties and as I said I had planned to be back much much sooner than this.

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    Unfortunately your employer doesn't need to agree to allow you to return early so if they know you are unwell and not able to actually work they will most likely just not agree to it.

    Agree it is so unfair that you have paid leave you have access to but can't use it.

    Definitely check your super to see if you have any TPD or SCI. Loads of people have it and don't even know!

    Also worth asking your employer if they have any sort of salary continuance insurance.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but what Im understanding she had agreed before giving birth to come back on x date. That date came and went and due to illness her employer is making her extend her maternity leave rather than accessing her sick leave.

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    Usually any income protection type insurance whether through super or direct doesn't cover pregnancy related illnesses. Could be worth checking though.

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    I think ur idea could work! Its an annoying situation that you have the sick leave to use but can't access it.

    Its right what a previous poster said...if u were on annual leave right now and needed to come back and use sick leave they wouldnt question it.

    Sorry to hear u had a sepsis infection after the birth. can I ask what hospital u gave birth at? What caused the infection? Hope u dont mind me asking as I know its not on topic. Just interested to know

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    Okay I understand now, it does seem a little unfair, what if you were to go back for one day and then issue a medical certificate - haha! That's a bit cheeky! I'm not sure what to do, but hopefully you can work something out!

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    Sounds like they made you go on unpaid leave when you could of taken sick leave??? That shouldn't have happened

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    Yes as soon as my annual ran out they put me on unpaid mat leave which is fair enough I guess seeing as I was in hospital on my return to work date therefore unable to return. I have been trying for the last month to ascertain from our head office what is involved in officially ceasing mat leave and returning to work however I keep getting the runaround and still have not been told what I need to do to therefore missing almost 2 monthly pay runs. So very frustrating.
    The theory of returning for a few days then issuing medical certificate had crossed my mind however I feel awful doing it that way. Eventhough my co-workers are aware of the situation and have backed that theory it would be a last resort.
    As far as the infection goes Hummingbird1, I was initially at an hospital in the outer eastern suburbs of melbourne and they could not tell me what led to the infection. I was then transferred to box hill hospital who were very thorough in their level of care and 3 blood transfusions later I encountered further complications with a seizure, coma, organ failure requiring various kidney operations and a blockage found in my stomach which required a gastric bypass. I missed the first 2 and a half months of my bubs life but thanks to the staff and doctors at that hospital I'm alive to see the rest of it and I can't complain as I've got a very chilled out happy bub so my frustration at my body not being fully back up to speed has not phased hub whatsoever

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    Have you had more than 12 months parental leave in total then? If so, I think you could argue that you should be able to "return" and be put on sick leave, using your accrued paid leave first and then unpaid sick leave. To get more than 12 month parental leave you have to apply for additional parental leave. Since you haven't done this, I don't see how you could still be on unpaid parental leave.

    If you've been away less than 12 months, how much longer till you hit 12 months?

    @JR03 what do you think?

    I have never come across this before. I would be speaking to Fair Work again too.

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    No I started mat leave end of august last year. My mum passed the week I was due to finish and 2 weeks prior to me giving birth so I left a few days earlier than intended however I used annual leave for those few days (not compassionate leave which I now know I was entitled to ) Im not wanting to extend my parental leave at all as I know I will be well an truly ready to go back prior to it ending in August. Fair work told me there would be nothing stopping me "returning" then commencing personal/sick leave which I have plenty of but would only be for a few weeks whilst I get this last surgery out of the way.


 

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