Annual leave (including bank holiday and concessionary days that fall whilst on maternity leave)

Annual leave continues to accumulate while an employee is on paid or unpaid maternity. Members of staff should ensure that allocated leave is taken before maternity leave commences. The annual leave accrued during maternity leave can be taken in the normal way, some people like to attach it to the end of their maternity leave. Employees that are unable to take accrued annual leave in the current leave year can carry forward this leave into the next leave year.  This is an exception to the standard policy where colleagues are able to carry forward up to 5 days.

If a member of staff chooses to reduce her hours after maternity leave, annual leave accrued during maternity leave will accrue at the higher rate of hours worked before maternity leave and the remaining period of the year will be calculated against the part-time hours.

Regardless of length of service if a member of staff does not return to work following her maternity period, annual leave will be accrued for the first 26 weeks of the maternity leave period only and a payment for the accrued leave will be made after resignation, this will include an allowance for bank holidays and concessionary days, if applicable.