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I am a Director and head of division of my company. I am non-billing but earn commission from team billing. I am about to go on maternity leave and wanted some advice around enhanced maternity pay. Our financial year runs July – June. My employer set me a quite challenging target and linked an offer of enhanced maternity pay to it. I was told I needed to bill myself in my final two months and that the team needed to hit a steep target for me to unlock an extra 13 weeks of maternity benefit. I worked very hard, billed a decent amount and did everything I could, but we missed the target. I am now not entitled to any enhanced payments. I just wanted to find out if this is ethical, legal etc.. as I put myself under a lot of stress to hit this target and to receive nothing is very upsetting.
The issue with enhanced maternity pay is that:
There isn’t a lot of information about it. Some employers offer enhanced maternity pay to attract and retain staff either as a contractual right or on a case-by-case basis.
They may pay more than statutory maternity pay for a fixed period. The exact payment will differ from employer to employer. Some employers also make a bonus payment when an employee returns to work.
It is best practice to put occupational maternity pay scheme terms in employees’ contracts which helps them understand the scheme and acts as a reference document to help with queries in the future.
I would consider lodging a complaint to HR about how it is unfair not to have detailed information on enhanced maternity pay in a policy or contract as it leads to inconsistency, and how it has put you under additional stress and pressure during pregnancy.