How do I write a notice after maternity leave?

Dear {Title & Name of Recipient}, After much thought and consideration, I have come to the decision not to return to {Company Name} after my maternity leave. I am writing to notify you of my formal resignation from my role as {Job Title}.

Can I hand my notice in on maternity leave?

If you decide not to come back, you should resign as you would anytime and give the notice period stated in your contract or agreed with your employer. If you resign during your maternity leave, you do not have to go into work to ‘work’ your notice, you can remain on maternity leave.

What happens if I decide not to return to work after maternity?

If you decide not to go back to your job, your contract will tell you how much notice you need to give your employer. If there’s nothing in your contract, you need to give at least a week’s notice. Make sure you get paid for any holiday you have left – including the time you built up while you were on maternity leave.

What happens if an employee does not return to work after maternity leave?

If an employer terminates an employee’s employment, without further investigation, because they have failed to return from maternity leave, this will be unfair dismissal and may also amount to sex discrimination or pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Do you have to pay back maternity pay if you don’t return to work?

You won’t need to pay back statutory maternity pay or Maternity Allowance, even if you don’t return to work. Check what type of maternity pay you’re entitled to if you’re not sure.

Can I claim Universal Credit if I don’t return to work after maternity?

You may be able to claim Universal Credit (if you are not receiving Working/Child Tax Credit) if you lose your job, you are on a low income or Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or during your maternity leave.

When to write a resignation letter after maternity leave?

A Sample resignation letter after maternity leave needs to be done appropriately. If you are here it can be because you are thinking about resigning from your job after being on maternity leave or you have decided this is what you want to do but are not sure about how to do it.

What to do with your employer after maternity leave?

After your resignation after maternity leave try and keep some kind of contact with your ex-employer. This doesn’t need to be a weekly event, in fact they will probably find it a bit odd if you are contacting them every week!

What happens if you don’t come back from maternity leave?

If your maternity leave was covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), your employer was legally required to continue your health insurance benefits during your time off. If you decide not to come back from leave, your employer has a right to seek reimbursement of any money it paid to keep your health benefits in place.

What happens if you resign from your job after having a baby?

If you decide to resign after having your baby, you will be entitled to continue to receive your Statutory Maternity Pay (if you qualify for it) for the remaining 39 weeks and you will be entitled to your usual contractual benefits such as annual leave, up to the end of your notice period e.g. for one month.