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You have a right to return to work after your maternity leave. You’ve been on maternity leave for 26 weeks or less You’re entitled to return to the same job after maternity leave if you’ve been away 26 weeks or less. Your pay and conditions must be the same as or better than if you hadn’t gone on maternity leave.
You shouldn't have to pay back what centrelink pays them to pay you, but if they pay you anything on top of that as an incentive for you to return, then you may do. I thought I wouldn't go back after my first, but I negotiated to return 2 days a week.
Requiring employees who have been on maternity leave to repay enhanced maternity pay if they don’t return to work for a specified period of time after maternity leave is a common provision in an employer’s maternity policy and it is legitimate for your employer to request that this is paid back.
If your employer sacks you to avoid paying your maternity pay, you'll still get your maternity pay as long as you've worked for them for at least 8 weeks. If you’re self-employed You can't get statutory maternity pay if you're a sole trader, but you might be able to claim Maternity Allowance instead.
You will continue to get Parental Leave Pay. If your child needs to remain in hospital straight after birth you may be able to return to work. You can still get Parental Leave Pay if both of the following apply: you return to work 14 days or more after your child’s birth.
Resuming work after maternity leave can be an exciting but challenging transition.Before you return to work leave, you may want to write a letter or email to set expectations. This correspondence could be sent to your company's human resources director, your supervisor, or both.
The question of going back to work after maternity leave isn’t always an easy one, especially if you’re on the fence. Originally posted on Tales From a Type A Mom.