If you’re going back to work, you’ll need to tell your employer when you want to return.
Your employer should assume that you’re taking the full 52 weeks’ maternity leave, but you must give them at least 8 weeks’ notice if you want to return to work earlier.
If you want to change your working hours you can apply for flexible work.
Think carefully about how things would work in practice:
You should do this at least 3 to 4 months before you’re due back at work.
Your employer has to consider your request, but they can refuse it if there are good business reasons.
GOV.UK has more about flexible working
When you decide to go back to work, it’s important to plan your working hours and work out what you’ll be earning.
It’s important to make sure you get everything you have a right to as a working family, so make sure you get specialist advice.
You can get help with childcare costs in Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
If you’re on middle or higher incomes you can also get help with childcare costs through the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme, but you can’t get this at the same time as Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
Find out what help you could get with childcare costs through GOV.UK.
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6 November 2023