UK Maternity Allowance
Thread poster: Orsolya Mance
When I contacted the corresponding department, they explained to me that if I work more days than the keeping in touch days, I automatically would lose the MA.
Not sure how many days you are now allowed, but let's say 10 days. If you work 10 days + 1 hr extra, you lose your MA and you must notify the authorities so that they can stop the payments. You are responsible of notifying them.
I was also told and I found this in the information they sent me that if I work 1 hour in one day, it counts as one working day - so it didn't matter the number of hours worked in that day. So I always make sure to work a full day.
Accepting a project means working. About the emails I would say this is not clear and in my opinion shouldn't be considered as working - while you only reply saying that you are not available and you are off due to maternity. Once you acept a job, then it counts as a working day.
In theory, when you are in MA you are not supposed to do any job at all, not even catching up with admin; so be careful with that.
For the little amount we get in MA it is simply not worth it at all to get into troubles. As the money was so little I terminated my MA very shortly afterwards.
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