The provisions governing police maternity leave and pay are set out in Police Regulations. These set out that Police Maternity Pay (PMP) and Police Maternity Leave (PML) commencement dates are as notified by the officer – the force cannot change these dates.
However, it has come to light that some forces, including North Wales Police, have in the past incorrectly started some officer’s PMP and PML where the officer has been absent within four weeks of her Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) due to a pregnancy or childbirth related absence. Whilst such an absence automatically triggers statutory maternity pay (SMP) it does not automatically trigger PMP or PML.
Where a force has incorrectly started an officer’s PMP and PML without her consent, not only does it mean that the officer’s period of leave will end earlier than planned, it is likely that there will also be a financial underpayment.
There is a six year time limit for claims to be lodged and as such there will be officers’ who, if they do not lodge now, will risk their claim being out of time.
If you feel that the above might apply to you, please contact your Federation rep, or the Federation Office, so that we may take action to protect your position.