Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:44 am
Post subject: maternity leave entitlement
does anyone know if you can leave the country to have the baby, stay for a while and maybe come back, but maybe not- and still be entiltled to maternity leave?
I am unsure if I want to stay in England or come back to work. Although I do love my job.
Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:19 pm
I'm not sure about the leaving the country bit. The direct.gov website is really good so you might get help with that there but I would think it might affect it somehow with returning to your job or maybe not getting a full allowance perhaps. I'd already checked for myself about the returning to work and paying back maternity pay which you do not have to do. The only time you would pay it back is if your employer gave you an extra form of wage with your government maternity pay and you had signed a contract to say you would pay that back in the event you didn't return. My friend changed her mind about going back recently and had nothing to pay back and the government websites confirm this. This might again be different if you want to leave the country.
Hope you are going somewhere nice and warm if you do move away!