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Pregnant and on a fixed-term contract: ask the expert

Pregnant and on a fixed-term contract: ask the expert

I am on a fixed-term contract and pregnant. My staff handbook says that I am entitled to SMP but they offer an enhanced package. It states that the enhanced package will end when my contract ends, but I don't have an offical end date as I'm covering for a maternity post. That means the woman who I'm covering for could come back earlier and my enhanced package would stop sooner. Is that correct?

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SMP after company went bust: ask the expert

SMP after company went bust: ask the expert

I have been made redundant by the company I have worked for five and half years whilst on maternity leave. I was due to go back to work in July, which would have been 39 weeks on SMP. My Company made me redundant in March and have not paid me since the end of February as they are now insolvent. I have been in contact with there insolvency practitioner and they have told me that the company I worked for are not actually registered as insolvent until later in May so I am stuck with no money as, even though I have filled out all the forms and faxed them with much evidence to the solvency maternity office, they will not pay me until the company are registered as insolvent.

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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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