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Old 22.06.2009, 10:46
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Maternity, redundancy, RAV etc

Hi,

I find myself in an unusual situation....

I started work last August - contract from August 1st 2008, first day in work August 4th - parttime (40%) contract. Initially temporary contract, later permanent.
I qualified for maternity leave - standard here is 80% of pay for 14weeks after baby is born although I believe I have to take sick leave for any leave before the baby comes. The baby is due August 3rd 2009.

The last few months have been very quiet at work and my boss has said that he doesn't think there wil be enough work for me to come back....

Am I correct that the only way he can let me go following maternity leave is to make me redundant? If this is the case am I likely to qualify for any RAV payments? I believe I have to have worked 12 from the last 24months and can then claim 70% of my salary although it is unclear how long this is for - does sick leave or maternity leave count as part of this work? Is it the same for part-time workers? Will the fact that I have been on maternity leave and will have a small baby and thus only want to work parttime later influence this anyway?

If my job was here I would be very happy to return to work.

Any help or advice truly appreciated.

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Old 22.06.2009, 10:51
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Re: Maternity, redundancy, RAV etc

If it helps, the paperwork that I got when I was pregnant said that you cannot be fired or made redundant until your maternity leave is over. I guess that would put you well past the 12 months minimum you need to have worked to qualify for unemployment benefit.

To get unemployment benefit you have to show that you are actively looking for work and whether you choose to look for full or part time work makes no difference. Their main aim is to get you off their books and back into the work place.
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Re: Maternity, redundancy, RAV etc

Thanks - yes I'm still getting all my maternity leave and if things have picked up then there is a very small chance I'll be coming back but chances are much higher that I won't be.

I know in the UK the maternity leave would count towards my time in employment just hoping it does here too.
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Thanks - yes I'm still getting all my maternity leave and if things have picked up then there is a very small chance I'll be coming back but chances are much higher that I won't be.

I know in the UK the maternity leave would count towards my time in employment just hoping it does here too.
I'm not sure but as long as you are employed (even though you are on maternity leave) you are paying into the insurance scheme for unemployment benefit, via your employer, so my bestest guess is that your maternity leave still counts as being employed.
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