In this article, we will discuss how to get your doctor to extend maternity leave. We will also highlight other important areas of maternity that might interest you.
How to make your doctor extend your leave
– Leave an open-ended request for your doctor to extend maternity leave.
– Mention that it is more expensive having you off the job longer than anticipated, and ask if there are any solutions or options available. Be sure to end with a thank you!
Can you go on the sick straight after maternity leave?
It is not possible to go on sick immediately after maternity leave. However, it is common for women to experience some sort of illness around this time due to the physiological changes that are taking place in their bodies as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Having said that, there is no reason why you cannot be signed off by your doctor or employer within two weeks of returning from maternity leave if you feel unwell at all during this period.
If you decide not to return into work straightaway but do so later than expected then it may be possible for your employer to agree with your decision if they can see evidence which suggests that something has happened since you went on Maternity Leave which means now would not have been an appropriate time to come back.
The Working Time Regulations 1998 give the statutory right for a pregnant woman not to be required to work over her maternity leave period if she has been absent from work because of pregnancy or childbirth and is entitled to Statutory Maternity Leave or Maternity Allowance, as long as it does not affect the terms and conditions that were available before they went on their mat-leave.
Can my employer refuse to extend my maternity leave?
Extending maternity leave is discretionary. If your employer refuses to extend it, you can’t challenge them for doing so because such refusal isn’t illegal and doesn’t violate any law or contract.
However, there may be several other legal remedies available in this situation that would allow you to continue working after the six months’ time limit expires without violating the FMLA’s 12-weeks-of-unpaid job protection provision.
What are paternity benefits?
Paternity leave provides fathers with time off work after their child has been born or adopted by them and their partner. This can be between 26 weeks’ minimum and 78 weeks.
Which documents do I need for maternity leave? The expecting mother will require medical documentation confirming when she conceived, any risks present during her pregnancy, as well as some form of identification such as a passport or birth certificate.
How long does paternity benefit last?
Paternity benefit lasts around 12 weeks, but this varies depending on your employment contract and how many consecutive days you take (e.g . if you only take one day, the leave will last for around 24 hours).
How do I know if I’m eligible for maternity allowance?
Maternity allowance is paid to women who are between week 25 and week 39 of their pregnancy (i.e . six weeks before the expected date of birth, and 11 weeks after). You must also have been employed or self-employed for 26 out of the 66 weeks before starting your maternity leave; this includes time spent in education if you receive a grant based on your parental status.
What documents do I need for paternity benefit?
The expecting father will require medical documentation confirming when his partner conceived, any risks present during her pregnancy, as well as some form of identification such as a passport or birth certificate.
What is the minimum maternity pay?
The minimum rate you are entitled to receive is €245.19 per week before tax, or 90% of your average weekly earnings if this figure is lower than the Maternity Benefit Guidelines (i.e .€222).
What documents do I need to provide?
The expecting mother is required to present their maternity benefit claim form and medical documentation confirming when she conceived. She may also be asked to produce a birth certificate or passport as identification. The father of the child will require his employment contract and some form of ID such as a driving licence or passport.
How do you count days of maternity leave?
You can only count the days that have been included in your employment contract. If it does not state how many weeks you are entitled to, then each week is worth one day (up to a maximum of 52). You will need at least two consecutive months’ service for this benefit.
Where do I find my maternity leave allowance?
The Employment Rights Act 1996 entitles women employees who work more than 26 weeks and accumulate 260 or more ‘qualifying’ days (which includes paid and unpaid holiday) per year – up until they reach 20+ continuous years of service – with an average of 30 hours worked per week – to take up to 52 weeks’ fully-paid maternity leave on top of their compulsory two-week statutory maternity leave.
You will find your maternity allowance in a letter from you employer or by checking on your payslip.
Can I use my sick days instead of paternity benefits?
No – these are separate entitlements that can’t be used interchangeably at any time during your pregnancy/parental leave period with Leave provides fathers with time off work after their child has been born or adopted by them and partner.
This can be between 26 weeks of pregnancy up to 52 weeks after the birth, or 26 weeks if adopting a child. It is unpaid time off work but employees are entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay at £140 per week for two consecutive weeks (or three if they’re eligible).