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    • JS2006
    • By JS2006 11th May 18, 8:31 PM
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    Wife on maternity: won’t be paid for annual leave?
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    Wife on maternity: won’t be paid for annual leave? 11th May 18 at 8:31 PM

    My wife works for a private school and has been on Maternity leave since November 2017. She intends to utilise her full 52 week entitlement. She contacted her employer to request what her holiday entitlement would be. She has been contacted via letter advising:

    She will be entitled to 40 days contractual holidays.

    If she chooses to take her 40 days after her maternity leave ends, this will be unpaid.

    If she returns to work at the end of her maternity leave, she will be paid for the 40 days leave.

    My wife is term-time only, so when at work she is paid monthly and obviously benefits from more than 40 days leave, so I assume that for the remainder of the school year, she will be paid normally and will still be off work at Christmas, next Easter etc. My issue is - how can they tell her that she will not be paid if she utilises her accrued annual leave?
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    • Dox
    • By Dox 11th May 18, 11:02 PM
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    For advice on maternity rights and benefits see
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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 12th May 18, 9:01 AM
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    I wonder if it's because of the time she is returning? Although your wife will accrue annual leave, might it be there is only so much the employer will allow someone to carry into the next holiday year? My company won't allow more than 5 days to be carried over. Anything over 5 days is written off. It's just a way to manage the workforce. Maybe in this case your wife's school make additional leave unpaid to discourage people from taking it? Phone the hr office to clarify.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 12th May 18, 9:43 PM
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    I don't think the employer can say "you can't carry annual leave forward" if the reason it's not been taken is because the person has been on maternity leave.
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    As far as I can tell, school staff don't accrue annual leave. They are off on school holidays and not off in term time.
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