Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:34
How hard people work is completely independent of their reproductive ability
The rules state that holiday entitlement continues to accrue when on maternity leave (as does seniority). If an employee has 9 months off, I then have to pay them for another month's holiday in the remaining 3 months of the year. Yes, the maternity leave is paid for by the government, but the employer pays the full rate for the 4.2 weeks holiday.
I'm not pleading poverty, but as a sole trader, it means that there's no money for the nice things in life this year or next.