Ideas/help for negotiating mat pay?
My company was a family company that's grown. The workforce is 90% male and a lot of them work on the 'shop floor' so the benefits are few and far between. My contract does not mention maternity leave. I enquired of the person who runs the HR files and she directed me to gov.uk. Not terribly helpful. My boss (owner of the group) will find it hard to negotiate with me (he doesn't like negotiation or confrontation, but loves to get his own way) and he was pretty peeved when I told him I was pregnant. He was polite, but pissed off. And I know he's made comments to others about it since.
I can farm out maybe 20% of my work to my team, but that's it. They'll need to get someone in from an agency. I am hoping to mitigate the need for this but potentially we're looking at a lot of hassle for my boss and minimum financial cost to them of 15k, up to a heck of a lot if I can get a more generous package.
We have a new HR person starting next month on a p/t basis. I figure I can use them as a mediator in the process.
As it stands it looks like I am only entitled to Statutory pay, so 6 weeks, 90%. Potentially, if I'm rough near the end and forced to take those 4 weeks, it leaves me returning after 2 weeks (or maybe 3 if I have held on to some leave). Which is pretty depressing and I know I couldn't do it.
My contract entitles me to 8 weeks full sick pay and 8 weeks at half. I wondered about using that as a negotiating point and asking for 8 weeks fully paid mat leave on the basis that I am the only one in the management team not on a performance bonus, I have and will have delivered well, and therefore am a valued member of the team. So I would be looking for the 8 weeks on top of my 6 statutory, as a simple freebie.
Does that sound reasonable and not that I am taking the mickey? I always want to be in the position of giving more than taking and don't want to jeoardise my working relationship with my boss over this. I love working here and would like to be here for several years (which is an unusual position for me to be in).
Any ideas on how to approach or anything I am missing? Thanks for any help!