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    I would also check whether your initial 22 weeks of annual leave count towards your maternity leave absence.
    In my workplace we get 14 weeks mat leave which can be taken at half pay. This must be taken as the first block of leave making up the up to 52 week absence for maternity leave. We can then take annual leave or long service or unpaid leave to make up the balance of the 52 weeks, but that is the maximum absence.
    And yes it does mean some women return to work for a week or two and then go back on leave (crazy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieDE View Post
    Thanks it was 22 weeks at full pay and have not taken any leave except annual in the last 10 years. I'm a head chef so taking leave was extremely difficult that's how I was able to build so much leave.
    You should most definitely be entitled then to the LSL as it accrues during AL. It just doesn't accrue on maternity leave.

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    Sounds very dodgy on their behalf to me

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    So to simplify it for you OP.

    - your 22 weeks annual leave counts towards your long service entitlements

    - you technically cannot be on annual leave and mat leave at the same time

    -annual leave (or any other paid leave such as taken during this period such as LSL) does count towards the 12 months off employers are legally required to grant you (I think this is where your employer is getting confused/trying to deny you by saying your 22 weeks AL is counted as maternity leave).

    Hope that helps. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieDE View Post
    So when does your 52 weeks maternity leave start? At the end of your accrued leave? Thanks
    Technically I'm on holidays atm and my mat leave starts at the end of November sometime. I've got it all on file on my comp plus all detailed from my place of work aswell. So I'm only taking 6months of mat leave from work but our agreement states I can have up to 2 years with head office approval and only go back part time instead of full time then if I want I can go back full time when DS is 5 yrs old. We've got a pretty awesome agreement in place. My first DS 9 yrs ago I took off 6months and it was all A/L & L/S the entire time so I didn't even break service as it wasn't Mat leave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    So to simplify it for you OP.

    - your 22 weeks annual leave counts towards your long service entitlements

    - you technically cannot be on annual leave and mat leave at the same time

    -annual leave (or any other paid leave such as taken during this period such as LSL) does count towards the 12 months off employers are legally required to grant you (I think this is where your employer is getting confused/trying to deny you by saying your 22 weeks AL is counted as maternity leave).

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
    Thanks helps a lot!

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    I'm still in shock that they let you accrue that much leave.

    Let us know how you get along with them tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olive Oil View Post
    I'm still in shock that they let you accrue that much leave.

    Let us know how you get along with them tomorrow.
    Yes agree I have just spent the last 6years under staffed and no one to cover me. but knew we were going to have a baby so just kept saving them. I did take 4 weeks off in October 2014 for a holiday in Asia but a lot of that was days in lieu from
    working 6day weeks and public holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieDE View Post
    Yes agree I have just spent the last 6years under staffed and no one to cover me. but knew we were going to have a baby so just kept saving them. I did take 4 weeks off in October 2014 for a holiday in Asia but a lot of that was days in lieu from
    working 6day weeks and public holidays.
    You bl00dy well deserve that LSL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    You bl00dy well deserve that LSL!!
    I think that is why I'm so ****ed off! I worked 60hrs a week for no extra money missed Xmas, birthdays, family get togethers. And they want to do this to me hopefully it's all a mistake.


 

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