Returning to Work
Comprehensive information on your rights on returning to work after maternity leave.
When your employer offers you a job less paid (or with less responsibilities) – Parental Rights and Demotion FAQs
I/ I’m due to return from maternity or shared parental leave but have been refused my old job back because of a reorganisation. I’m being offered an alternative role but the only job being offered is very much lower in status and responsibilities. Should I take it? What can I claim? II/ I’m due to […]
There are lots of misunderstandings about maternity rights. Don’t believe everything you are told! Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is never repayable. If that’s all you get, then it doesn’t matter whether or not you return to work. You never have to pay this back. Check here for an explanation of how much SMP is and […]
What happens when I give birth? Can I still get SSP after the birth of my child? Can my employer dismiss me if I am sick after I come back from Maternity Leave? What if I am sick with Postnatal Depression? Can I get back to work on part-time basis? When and how can I […]
Do I need to give notice? Do I have to pay back any money? What happens to my holiday?
Our guide on returning to work at the end of your maternity leave.
After Maternity Leave You have health and safety protection for six months after giving birth and for as long as you are breastfeeding. You must tell your employer in writing that you gave birth in the last six months or that you are breastfeeding. This applies whether you are returning from maternity leave or starting […]
Find out what the law says regarding returning to work while breastfeeding.
Do want to want to change your return date from maternity leave? You may find our sample letter useful.
Many women wish to return to work on part time or flexible hours after maternity leave. We have information about your rights to flexible work in our Flexible Working section , including a step by step guide to choosing a new work pattern. It is important to allow lots of time for any request to change your hours, […]