I’m currently on maternity leave, but have found out I am pregnant with my second child. It means I would be back at work for three months before going on leave again. One of my team has just announced she’s pregnant and a week later my boss told her that they are changing the maternity benefits to less generous ones. She has expressed her shock that they announced a change AFTER she had informed them. An hour later they agreed she could keep the previous benefits plan, but they would be changing it in the future. My question is this, can they give one member of the team enhanced maternity benefits and someone else (me) different benefits if they are both going on maternity leave within the same year (and just three months apart)?
Legally companies only have to pay statutory maternity pay (as long as the employee has the correct amount of service) and any enhanced maternity pay packages are at the discretion of the company. It would be a good idea to have a look at your contract to see if it mentions maternity pay in there. If it does then you will have more of a case and they will need to consult with you if they are making changes to the package.