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Am I entitled to maternity pay: ask the expert

Am I entitled to maternity pay: ask the expert

I am currently not working and 11 weeks pregnant. I hope to start a part-time 16 hours a week job in two weeks' time and work there for five months on a fixed-term temporary contract. Am I entitled to any maternity pay? i think I'm not entitled to SMP, but am I entitled to Maternity Allowance? My partner works 17 hours per week and we receive child and working tax credits and some housing and council tax benefit.

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I haven't been paid my maternity pay: ask the expert

I haven't been paid my maternity pay: ask the expert

I began my maternity leave in May last year, but haven't been paid my maternity pay since June.  After chasing my boss for my pay and having no response I went to the DWP and set up a formal dispute.  My boss won't respond to them and is ignoring me.  I still haven't been paid and he now owes me over six months of pay.  I sent him an e-mail saying that I intend to return to work soon, but don't expect a response and know from a colleague (who isn't on maternity leave and hasn't been paid since July either) that the business has moved premises, so unless he gets back to me when I do return to work I won't know where to go. I am wondering what my next course of action should be.  I would like to force him into making me redundant, or be able to take him to a tribunal for constructive dismissal, but have been told that this would be hard to prove.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Do I have to pay back maternity pay? Ask the expert

Do I have to pay back maternity pay? Ask the expert

I am currently on maternity leave after having my premature daughter who is now three months old. She has a condition called LCHAD which is quite rare. The problem I now have is I want to leave work and look after her full time as the condition my daughter has requires constant care and her feeding is different to other babies. My work has said I HAVE to come back and work for at least six weeks, otherwise I have to pay back my maternity pay. I have checked my contract and there is no mention of this or any other maternity info ( I work for a private healthcare care home). I need some guidance on what my rights are and if I can fight my corner.

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Considering my options on return to work: ask the expert

Considering my options on return to work: ask the expert

I started temping for a company in April 2008 and became a permanent member in July the same year. I became pregnant and started maternity leave in February this year. I am now looking at my options of returning to work or becoming a stay at home mother. If I was to return to this job, it would take one and a half hours travel time each way as we have since moved house and would mean I would not see my son during the week. My company wouldn't allow me flexible hours or working from home when I was pregnant, so I doubt they will allow it now. I was unhappy at work and it seemed everyone else was allowed to be flexible and received perks whilst I was ignored, so I'm not expecting miracles. They have recently requested a return to work meeting and I am not sure how to proceed as I am unsure about what to do and what I want.  Do I have to go or can this be resolved by letter/email where everything is recorded? If they do refuse to be flexible, what should happen next - do I resign, will I be made redundant or will it be whoever gives in first? The company also paid me extra maternity pay and I can keep it if I return to work and have to pay it back if I don't. What would happen to this if I am to be made redundant through their choice?

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Can I ask my new employer about their maternity policy? Ask the expert

Can I ask my new employer about their maternity policy? Ask the expert

I have been offered a new job in a bank and I would like to know what their maternity policy is since I already have a child and I would like another one. My current employer has a 12 weeks fully paid maternity leave policy and I would like to know what level of benefit I would have from my new employer. Is this kind of information public? My potential new employer is publicly listed. The information is not reported in the offer letter and I feel uncomfortable asking directly for obvious reasons.

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