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Hello, there is no specified time within which the employer should confirm the dismissal but obviously a reasonable period is expected and that could be from a few days to maybe a couple of weeks. If you have not heard anything by 2 weeks after the hearing then I would contact them to ask for formal confirmation of the dismissal. You should also be given the chance to appeal.
You would still be entitled to be paid for everything due, including accrued holidays, up to the dismissal date. You would also be entitled to receive your SMP as that is not dependent on you still working for them or being sacked. However, if you were receiving enhanced company maternity pay then that can be affected and you may even have to repay some of that, depending on what was in your contract.
As far as the procedure followed, I do have some concerns. Whilst you can still be sacked whilst on ML, the employer is still required to follow a fair procedure, as per the ACAS Code of Conduct. This would require then to conduct an investigation, ask you to attend a formal disciplinary hearing where you could be accompanied by a trade union rep or a colleague, giving you the chance to defend yourself and then making a decision, which you can appeal if needed. In your case they went straight in for the disciplinary hearing without having provided you with the evidence or the allegations in good time before that. However, you did agree to proceed there and then and also if the employer can show that even if they had followed a fair procedure the outcome would have been the same then any potential compensation could be reduced to zero. As you were guilty of the allegations that is quite likely so I am not confident an unfair dismissal claim would stand here.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Sadly yes, it is the truth (as far as the disciplinary was concerned and the fact you admitted it) so they are not doing anything wrong by mentioning this
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks