Returned to lower paid job after I announced pregnancy: ask the expert


I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant so within the qualifying period. My accrued leave, which I am currently on, is from my previous maternity leave. My company pays SMP and then tops up the payment to my normal salary for 39 weeks and then ½ pay for 13 weeks (if taking the full 12 months off). I understand that as I cut my maternity leave short and I’ve ‘returned to work’ but am taking annual leave, a couple of weeks of the qualifying period will be ½ pay, but the majority will be my normal full salary (as it is paid annual leave). Since informing my employers I’m pregnant they have written to me (not to acknowledge my pregnancy) but to inform me that they will return me to my previous post on the lower salary at the end of my current annual leave.  Read more