Running down notice period after maternity leave
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My partner is due to return to work from maternity at the start of 2024 but her preference is not to return at all. She does have some enhanced MP so we are aware that will need to be repaid if she does not to return. There is a possible option to return on reduced hours.
Does anyone have experience of navigating a return to work to just run down the notice? If going back part time instead of full time, would some of the enhance pay be payable pro rata? In your experience is it better to give your employer as much notice as possible or leave it as late as possible? Any other suggestions that worked for you?
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In general its best to not burn bridges, however I myself have done this and its not something I really look back on. If she wants to leave it would definitely be best to at least have the conversation with her manager and at least give some form of notice, as a lot of places will accept notice even if you don't work it. She may also not have to pay back her enhanced pay if she has any regular holiday time remaining as this can offset the balance.
But again, depends on the company.
Therefore there are no clever tricks or shortcuts - the OP should follow the policy to the letter, because the company sure as anything will when it comes to either not paying out, or reclaiming monies they now feel are due. Furthermore, irrespective of what the line manager may say, HR may take a different view, enforcing the policy more rigidly than the line manager might.
"Handed in notice immediately after our very generous maternity pay ended" isn't going to look good.
I'd explore the part time option, see how it goes and then decide on new jobs or not working etc.
Even if they take a few years off work, a good reference from last job will be useful later.
I kinda say this from experience