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Maternity leave cover question

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  • Maternity leave cover question

    Hi there,

    Sorry to take up you're time again.

    An interview has come my way for Maternity leave cover advertised for what appears a solid 12 months as employed directly by the company - can I check would I be eligible for pension contributions from this type of contract?
    They mention quite a few benefits in the advertisement but nothing noted re pension and I managed to apply without picking it up annoyingly. On doing research it mentions family business which had kind of made me slightly shiver but looking at their website they could be a medium sized company.

    Can maternity cover mean you are viewed as temporary or fixed term?

    I appreciate pensions contributions being deemed automatic requirement when the person has met eligibility, but from looking at job adverts I see some employers do mention it and some don't and unless I've mis understood it (totally happy to be corrected) I believe you cannot go to an employment tribunal say over missed contributions as it isn't under employment law or something like this when I read a case that got thrown out.

    Enormous thanks.
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    ULA Can you please take a look and advise, many thanks.


    • #3
      Even if you are on a fixed term contract so long as you meet eligibility criteria then you should be enroled in the company pension scheme. Some schemes do have what is termed a "postponement" period which is 3 months from start date before an employee has be placed in the scheme.

      Any missed pension payments should be firstly handled by the company's internal grievance procedure and if this does not get the desired outcome, it would be a report to the Pensions Regulator.
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      • #4
        Thank you so much for answering.

        I've approached the Pension Regulator about my last employer, I get they can fine but never enforce the company to do the right thing, my ex employer knows how I feel about the non contributions and I am waiting for next week, when I'll raise a moneyclaimonline as I feel so strongly. I just really don't want to fall into the clutches of another employer who does the same.


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