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    • SE22
    • By SE22 1st Aug 19, 7:30 PM
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    NHS salary sacrifice and maternity pay
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    • 1st Aug 19, 7:30 PM
    NHS salary sacrifice and maternity pay 1st Aug 19 at 7:30 PM
    Hi there,
    I have a question on nhs salary sacrifice scheme and maternity pay. Iíve just discovered that Iím going to lose nearly £450 a month of my entitled maternity pay because I wasnít aware I had to let them know I was pregnant by week 15. Iíve called HR and payroll and have been told thereís nothing that can be done. They said it was stated in the contract when I signed up to the scheme 2 years ago and so should have been aware....which doesnít help me now. Is this true? It seems really unfair that because Iím in a salary sacrifice scheme for child care at my works nursery that Iím now not going to get my full maternity pay entitlement. Iím so upset and really angry that this can happen and I donít know how Iím going to manage financially. It seems so unfair. Can anyone help? Anyone had this happen to them? Are they allowed to get away with this?
    Thank you
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    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 1st Aug 19, 7:39 PM
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    I thought you had to let them know about the pregnancy by the 15th week before the birth - not the 15th week of pregnancy? Can happen that people don't know by week 15
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 1st Aug 19, 9:17 PM
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    • 1st Aug 19, 9:17 PM
    When you take salary sacrifice, you should be warned that there are implications: for a mortgage application, for your pension, and in this case for your maternity pay. You agree to reduce your salary.

    If you're in a union, you could try talking to them.
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    • Blueberryjam
    • By Blueberryjam 7th Aug 19, 8:03 PM
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    • 7th Aug 19, 8:03 PM
    From nhs ts&cs
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    • 7th Aug 19, 8:03 PM
    Eligibility for occupational maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave and pay
    Maternity leave and pay:
    15.14 An employee working full-time or part-time will be entitled to paid and unpaid maternity leave under the NHS occupational maternity pay scheme if:
    i) they have 12 monthsí continuous service (see paragraphs 15.106 to 15.109) with one or more NHS employers at the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth;
    ii) they notify their employer in writing before the end of the 15th week before the expected date of childbirth (or if this is not possible, as soon as is reasonably practicable thereafter): (a) of their intention to take maternity leave;
    (b) of the date they wish to start their maternity leave Ė they can choose when to start their maternity leave Ė this can usually be any date from the beginning of the 11th week before the baby is born (but see paragraph 15.24);
    (c) that they intend to return to work with the same or another NHS employer for a minimum period of three months after their maternity leave has ended;
    (d) and provides a MATB1 form from their midwife or GP giving the expected date of childbirth.
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 9th Aug 19, 9:15 PM
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    • 9th Aug 19, 9:15 PM
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    • 9th Aug 19, 9:15 PM
    It's 15th week BEFORE DUE DATE, not 15th week of pregnancy. That's in the equalities act,which is law. Which trumps a contract, though I very much doubt your contract says that anyway.

    FWIW, I did not formally notify them of my pregnancy until I was 21 weeks, I got the full OMP.
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 10th Aug 19, 6:48 AM
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    • 10th Aug 19, 6:48 AM
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    • 10th Aug 19, 6:48 AM
    At one time you could effectively get the vouchers for free if you were on maternity pay but that has now changed.

    https://www.litrg.org.uk/latest-news/news/181127-childcare-vouchers-and-maternity-leave
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