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I have recently found out that my employer has changed their maternity leave policy with regards to bank holiday accrual. It states in their FAQs: Am I entitled to bank holidays, Statutory and Extra-statutory Holidays whilst on maternity leave? Yes*. Bank holidays will be paid as a lump sum on your return to work. You will only be paid for those bank holidays which fall when you are in half and/or nil pay in order to reflect a full day’s pay. *The implementation date for this was 1 April 2013, so if you are already on maternity leave at 1 April 2013 or started maternity leave after the 1 April 2013 you will get paid for bank holidays, it will not apply to those who have returned to employment before the 1 April 2013. As I work for a university, in my contract we are entitled to 25 days annual leave plus an additional 12 that cover university closure. I have queried why they will only pay bank holidays from April 13 as all our terms and conditions of contract are the same. Their answer was that maternity regs provide no right to remuneration and this supercedes our contract. Can you confirm if they are correct? Surely I could argue I have suffered a detriment with this policy. Also, if I went on maternity leave since this policy change, I would be better off and get all the holidays paid.