Rah! I hate my work so much I'd love to slap the managers. I handed in my holiday form today because I know I have to use up my outstanding holiday for this year or else I'll lose it. I had planned to go on maternity leave on 1st March and take the previous 2 weeks as annual leave. At first they said I couldn't take 2 weeks off in one go. So I had to point out I'm going on maternity leave so if I don't take 2 weeks together I won't have time to take it. It's not my fault I have so much holiday outstanding. I tried to book a week in December but it was refused, they said no one is allowed holiday in December. Branch HR bitch says that I can't take annual leave immediately before starting maternity leave, I have to work a minimum of 2 weeks inbetween so I'd have to take my leave 2 weeks earlier. Problem is I've arranged to see my family in Devon one of those weeks so need it off so had to agree to start maternity leave 2 weeks later in order for it to be authorised. Having looked on the net this evening it seems that they have no right to do that, and having read through the company maternity policy again it says that they recommend you take any leave at the beginning or end of your maternity leave I'm not too bothered about starting maternity leave 2 weeks later as I was starting to think I was leaving too early anyway, it's just the principle of the matter! If my calculations are corrected my period of maternity pay ends mid december, so I'm planning on taking 3 weeks annual leave on the end of my maternity leave so I can go back in January (will be easier for baby starting nursery at start of term I figure, and I'd like to spend xmas in devon with my family anyway). I'm sure I'm gonna have a fight on my hands to get my holiday tagged on the end, working in retail they're not gonna let me have december off easily Sorry for the rant, I'm just so fed up of my employers, I can't believe a word they say, they just screw people and it's up to the individual to know their rights and fight for them. I've already had to step down as supervisor and take a pay cut, cos they changed their opening hours and I couldn't work the later closing times. They basically told me to work the new hours, step down or get sacked. Somerfield suck so bad!