Counsel may take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave at any time without affecting the current terms of their Service Level Agreement with Clerksroom. This is made up as follows:
· 26 weeks’ Ordinary Maternity Leave; followed by
· 26 weeks’ Additional Maternity Leave.
· There can be no gap between the two.
Counsel are legally obliged to take a minimum of two weeks’ maternity leave after giving birth.
During Ordinary and Additional Maternity Leave, Clerks fees will be reduced to 12% commission on fees received plus VAT with no minimum standing order.
Counsel return to Clerksroom under the same terms as previously agreed.
Notification Procedures for Maternity Leave
Counsel is required to give Clerksroom notice no later than the 15th week before the child is due and will include the following:
· The fact that she is pregnant;
· Her expected week of childbirth;
· The date on which she intends to start her Maternity Leave.
Within 28 days of Counsel giving notice, Clerksroom will respond in writing to Counsel, confirming the date when the Maternity Leave will end. This will normally be 52 weeks from the start of the Maternity Leave.
Counsels Maternity Leave will automatically start if she is absent for a pregnancy related illness during the four weeks before the expected week of childbirth.
Notification of Return to Work
Counsel does not need to give notice of her return to work if she simply returns at the end of her Maternity Leave period.
If Counsel wishes to return to practice before her full entitlement to Maternity Leave has ended, we simply ask that you give us as much notice as possible.
Counsel may change their mind about the date of return at any time. We simply ask that you keep us informed.
Contact during Maternity Leave
We ask Counsel to remain in contact during Maternity Leave.
(Advice by Mentor, Royal Bank of Scotland – Revised on the 1st September 2013)