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Work Issues: Maternity, Paternity & Other Leave

Maternity, Paternity & Other Leave

All female employees are entitled to 26 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) whatever their length of service or hours. You have the right to return to exactly the same job after your OML.

If you have 26 week's service (at the 14th week before the expected week of childbirth), you will also be entitled to Additional Maternity Leave (AML). This extends maternity leave for a further 26 weeks starting from the end of OML. The total period of maternity leave is one year. More

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Can I Request Flexible Working?

Can I Request Flexible Working?

The law on flexible working changed considerably on 30 June 2014. the new law now gives all employees the statutory right to request a change to their contract terms to work flexibly, as long as they have worked for the employer for 26 weeks on the date the application is made. More

How much sick pay am I entitled to?

How much sick pay am I entitled to?

This depends on whether you are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (this replaced Incapacity Benefit in October 2008 which is in the process of being phased out) or your employer’s own scheme. More