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Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby Seunggi » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:54 pm

Hi everyone

I'm not sure where to post this but I hope someone can share some experience or even provide some suggestion on how best to take this forward.

I delivered mid last year to my first child and went on 4 months maternity leave - fully paid by company.

We got our performance bonus letters and during my discussion I was told that my bonus has been "pro-rated" because i was away for 4 months. I questioned if there was such a policy and i was told there is. I didn't think further until I stepped out and realised I was being penalised for going on maternity leave.

I feel extremely dissapointed but that's the truth of the matter. If they told me bonus pool was cut, fine but to say it's being pro-rated cos I went on maternity was like a slap to my face that I'm being penalised for being a mother.

If any moms out there have gone on ML, can you please share if your performance bonus was also pro-rated? Any HR specialist in this forum - advice is appreciated.

Many thanks

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby Dreamgear » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:17 pm

Seunggi wrote:Hi everyone

I'm not sure where to post this but I hope someone can share some experience or even provide some suggestion on how best to take this forward.

I delivered mid last year to my first child and went on 4 months maternity leave - fully paid by company.

We got our performance bonus letters and during my discussion I was told that my bonus has been "pro-rated" because i was away for 4 months. I questioned if there was such a policy and i was told there is. I didn't think further until I stepped out and realised I was being penalised for going on maternity leave.

I feel extremely dissapointed but that's the truth of the matter. If they told me bonus pool was cut, fine but to say it's being pro-rated cos I went on maternity was like a slap to my face that I'm being penalised for being a mother.

If any moms out there have gone on ML, can you please share if your performance bonus was also pro-rated? Any HR specialist in this forum - advice is appreciated.

Many thanks


Im not a mum, but my company gave full 13th month and performance bonus.

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:19 pm

Seunggi wrote:Hi everyone

I'm not sure where to post this but I hope someone can share some experience or even provide some suggestion on how best to take this forward.

I delivered mid last year to my first child and went on 4 months maternity leave - fully paid by company.

We got our performance bonus letters and during my discussion I was told that my bonus has been "pro-rated" because i was away for 4 months. I questioned if there was such a policy and i was told there is. I didn't think further until I stepped out and realised I was being penalised for going on maternity leave.

I feel extremely dissapointed but that's the truth of the matter. If they told me bonus pool was cut, fine but to say it's being pro-rated cos I went on maternity was like a slap to my face that I'm being penalised for being a mother.

If any moms out there have gone on ML, can you please share if your performance bonus was also pro-rated? Any HR specialist in this forum - advice is appreciated.

Many thanks


That is the hard truth of the matter. The bonus is not pro-rated, if it is performance-based. If a staff goes on maternity leave, it is unlikely the contributions of the employee to the company would be significant, compared to other employees who spent all year working. If the bonus is based on "performance", during the rating process, it is likely the staff that took the maternity leave would be ranked lower compared to her peers. I have seen this happen even in civil service.

Is this fair? If performance is measured by contribution to the company's output, then it is hard to fault the system. Of course you can argue that you should be measured based on the time you spent working for the company, but would that be fair to the rest of the employees who did work the whole year for the company?

So it is a very touchy subject when it comes to performance appraisals of staff who goes on maternity leave.

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby insider » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:23 pm

errrr....for me, the total sum of money allocated for performance bonus for all staff is fixed.

then those on maternity leave will have 'pro-rated' performance bonus (while getting full fixed bonus).

I dont 'makan' the other pro-rated part.

Such part was given to the staff who cover the extra duties.

emmm...I think fair leh...

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby Irrelevant » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:38 pm

I think it sounds quite unfair but we probably need more facts on the nature of the job.

Imagine if a guy goes for 3 weeks NS training and the company uses this excuse to pay him less bonus, I would expect MINDEF to give the company HELL.

Both NS pay and 3rd / 4th month maternity leave are paid for by the government. If the government pays for it, that means the company either saved the money or should be using it to compensate some overtime or to hire temp help. But I don't work in the HR dept. :sweat:

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby tankee » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:58 pm

is it a case of actually receiving 75% of "granted" performance bonus or a case of "granted" performance bonus is less as compared to previous years or fellow colleagues?

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby cherrygal » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:03 pm

Yes it happened at the mnc I was working at and I questioned HR if I was being penalized for having a baby. The HR director tried to convince me that it was because I only worked 8 out of 12 months due to the 4-month maternity leave. So my bonus went into the pay for the temp. I didn't pursue further. Is this against any MOM ruling btw?
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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby limlim » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:13 pm

4 mth not working but got salary.. the salary itself is already a bonus mah....

Cannot compare to NS which the servicemen is working for the SAF.

No matter what, pregnancy is a private affair.

The 4mth paid leave already very good bonus already, I feel.

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby cherrygal » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:15 pm

Yah, I think that's why I didn't pursue it... must think of the 4 months paid salary. Let it go lor...

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Re: Bonus pro-rated cos of maternity leave

Postby Busymom » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:27 pm

Irrelevant wrote:I think it sounds quite unfair but we probably need more facts on the nature of the job.

Imagine if a guy goes for 3 weeks NS training and the company uses this excuse to pay him less bonus, I would expect MINDEF to give the company HELL.

Both NS pay and 3rd / 4th month maternity leave are paid for by the government. If the government pays for it, that means the company either saved the money or should be using it to compensate some overtime or to hire temp help. But I don't work in the HR dept. :sweat:

In my company, even the non-local get their 3rd and 4th month paid maternity leave. So I'm pretty sure this part would not be immediately obvious to the appraising manager, as in whether it's the company or the government who is paying for the 2 months of paid leave.

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