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What are you ideally hoping to achieve in the circumstances?
When would the girl you are covering be back?
Thank you. They could potentially try and terminate your employment in December but they would need a justifiable reason for doing so and if there are still suitable roles available for you to do then it may be a questionable decision on their part.
However, even if they terminate your contract then, you would still be entitled to your full Statutory Maternity Pay allowance because you would have met the criteria for it (e.g. being employed by them for at least 26 weeks into the 15th week before childbirth). In effect, you could leave their employment before maternity leave starts and they would still be responsible for paying you your full SMP entitlement even if you no longer work for them.
Does this answer your query?
It would be up to them because once you leave their employment you would no longer be bound by these terms
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