You are protected against pregnancy and maternity discrimination from day one of your employment (provided you have notified the employer you are pregnant). If you have told you are being made redundant, gather your contract and any relevant paperwork and call us on 0345 772 6100 us for advice. A warm, clean, lockable room would be helpful for expressing milk, and a clean refrigerator and facilities for washing, sterilising and storing receptacles might assist you. I hope to be increasing my hours/pay over the next 6 months. If you do not return to the NHS, you could be liable to repay your NHS, pay. Our Student Money guide has a useful section on Benefits for students with children or dependents. This toolkit covers your rights at work and answers our most frequently asked questions on maternity leave and pay. If you do not return to the NHS, you could be liable to repay your NHS maternity pay. If you normally receive contractual sick pay, it is at your employer’s discretion whether they choose to top up your SMP with occupational sick pay. You must also have been earning £30 per week or more over a 13 week period. • you are an employee (although special rules apply if you’re working on the bank/for an agency) Our Pregnancy timeline is a week-by-week countdown of the important dates in your pregnancy. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) could be paid during a period of maternity leave without pay. There are rules on how and when you should inform your employer about your maternity leave and there is a requirement to return to NHS employment for three months. These are known as Keeping In Touch days (KIT). If you need to leave your course to have a baby or adopt a child, but intend to return to the same course at a later date, you should notify whoever provides your funding (e.g. NHS maternity pay rules. Please see our information on sickness and discrimination if you need to take time off work for postnatal depression. Read more about eligibility for SMP here. It is likely you are eligible for NHS contractual maternity pay which is: • 13 weeks unpaid from your employer (and it is likely that you will be entitled to claim MA separately from the government), You are likely to receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for up to 39 weeks. If you do not return to NHS employment within 15 months of the beginning of your maternity leave, then you will be liable to repay the whole of your maternity pay (minus the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity allowance (MA) that you have received). While you are breastfeeding, your employer must consider whether your working conditions are a risk to your health, or the health of your baby. If you are having any difficulties agreeing adjustments with your employer, please call us on 0345 772 6100 for further advice. Flexible working can take three to four months to agree. • 18 weeks 'half pay' (and it is likely that you will be entitled to claim MA separately from the government) You may be entitled to ordinary Statutory Paternity Leave and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) if you satisfy certain conditions. Your return date need to be agreed with your employer. – If pay is spread over 12 months (i.e., August – July) less money is received each month and thus less is paid in year 1 (i.e., August – December) Notice 2008-62 Interim Guidance on 10 vs. 12 months pay Example: August 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009 school year This is extended to four weeks for factory workers. Specialty and associate staff doctors' pay scales, Transitioning to the 2015 NHS pension scheme, Returning to the NHS or starting a new role, Refugees, overseas visitors and vulnerable migrants, Mental health of doctors and medical students, statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance, 8 weeks' full pay, less any Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance (MA), 18 weeks' half pay plus any SMP or MA (providing the total does not exceed full pay). All pregnant employees are entitled to take up to 52 weeks maternity leave. For the purposes of SPP, HM Revenue and Customs treats each NHS trust as a separate employer. If you work outside of the NHS, read more on Maternity Action. Always check your contract/workplace policy to clarify what you are entitled to. It is likely you are eligible for NHS contractual maternity pay which is: •  8 weeks *‘full pay’ including Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)