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Your Maternity Leave Rights

Your Maternity Leave Rights

Returning to work after maternity leave can be both challenging and exciting. If you’re worried about any aspect of the process, then read on to brush up on your rights and legislation surrounding maternity leave. There’s also little-known legislation around miscarriage and stillbirths that’s crucial to know should the worst occur.

Your rights to maternity leave kick in if you have been with your employer for over 26 weeks (that’s just over 6 months), entitling you to 52 weeks off with 39 of those being paid. The earliest you can start maternity leave is 11 weeks prior to your due date or it will automatically begin day after the birth. You don’t have to take the full 52 maternity leave weeks, but you must take at 2 weeks off following birth, or 4 if you’re employed in a factory.

Maternity leave is made up of two parts: ordinary and additional. Ordinary maternity leave, lasting 6 months, protects your rights to return to exactly the same job you had before. Additional leave (another 6 months) still offers protections, as you’re eligible to return to the same position unless it no longer exists, in which case you must be offered a similar role with the same pay and conditions. Remember that whilst on maternity leave you’re still entitled to all the same employee rights that you’d normally get from work: paid holiday, protection from unfair dismissal, pension payments, and any other employee benefits offered by your employer.

To be eligible for maternity pay you should tell your employer about your pregnancy at least 15 weeks before the baby’s due date. Do this in writing, stating a date you’d like to begin your leave and an intended return to work date, together with a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your pregnancy. A lot can change during your maternity leave and you may want or need to adjust your return date, as is your right, just remember that you need to give 8 weeks’ notice informing of the change.

With adoption, you’re entitled to the same leave allowance and you should tell your employer about it within 7 days of being notified of a match with a child by the adoption agency or 28 days before you want your maternity to begin.

If your pregnancy unfortunately ends in miscarriage (classified as such if it occurs before the 24th week of pregnancy) then you won’t be eligible for maternity leave. However, you can take sick leave with a sign off from your GP. Post miscarriage sick leave is likely to be protected as part of pregnancy related illness and shouldn’t count towards your overall sickness record.

Should you, sadly, experience a stillbirth (after 24 weeks of pregnancy) or if the baby is born alive but dies soon after (even if this takes prior to 24 weeks) you are eligible to all your maternity rights.

Remember, pregnancy and maternity based discrimination is illegal and you are protected by the Equality Act - you should refer to it if you feel that your employer is treating you unfairly.

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Slumbersac sleeping bag with feet

Slumbersac sleeping bag with feet

As children grow and start to take their first steps, they need all the help they can get. Slumbersac sleeping bags with feet are great for helping your child as they learn to walk and explore their world for the first time! Toddlers can enjoy the comfort and security of their sleeping bag while still being able to move about freely

Slumbersac’s sleeping bags with feet are just like their normal sleep bags but with openings for feet so children can walk around while staying in their bag! The innovative sleeping bags are designed so that your child's feet fit inside the sleeping bag when sleeping and when they wake up they can pop their feet through the openings and walk or crawl around in it!

You can also get your little one into their bag and ready for bed nice and early but they will still have the freedom to play until you’re ready to put them down! Likewise in the morning, they can run around happily in their bag until it’s time to get ready.

Made to the same high standards as all Slumbersac’s other sleeping bags, they are made from soft 100% jersey cotton, lined with 100% cotton and are padded with soft quick-dry polyester fleece. They also offer a selection of designs in muslin, which are perfect for the hot Summer months.

The sleeping bags with feet come in a variety of prints and the option of name embroidery enables you to personalize the sleeping bag with your little one’s name.

Sleeping bags with feet are available in five sizes from 12 months – 6 years.

12 – 18 months / 80cm with poppers (measured from shoulder to the feet)
18 – 24 months / 90cm (measured from shoulder to the feet)
24 – 36 months / 100cm (measured from shoulder to the feet)
3-4 years / 110 cm (measured from shoulder to the feet)
5-6 years / 120 cm (measured from shoulder to the feet)

Sleeping bags with feet are available in four weights:

• Light weight / approx. 0.5 tog. These muslin bags are completely unpadded and suitable for use in hot summer months and in room temperatures above 24 degrees. Perfect for summer holidays!
• Summer weight / approx. 1.0 tog. These bags are slightly padded and suitable for use in warmer rooms with temperatures between 19 and 24 degrees.
• Standard weight / approx. 2.5 tog.These bags are padded and suitable for general year-round use in room temperatures between 15 and 21 degrees.
• Winter weight / approx. 3.5 tog. These bags are sleeveless and have a very warm padding. They are suitable for room temperatures below 18 degrees.

Slumbersac sleeping bags are of exceptional quality and are exclusively designed by their in-house UK design team. With a winning combination of quality, value, safety and comfort, Slumbersac is your number one choice for sleeping bags for babies and children!

Slumbersac sleeping bags with feet are priced from £18.99. You can view the full range atwww.slumbersac.co.uk

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