Can I work whilst on maternity during unpaid leave period.

Hi. So I took maternity September 23 for a year. This was split into 6 months full pay, 3 months SMP and 3 months unpaid. I am now in my unpaid stretch and have decided to hand my notice in. My notice period is 3 months so my formal contract will end in October. I have read online that during your maternity leave you're not really suppose to work unless it's on a self employed basis. However there is a very lucrative contract available that I'm interested in which pays via an umbrella company so I would be classed as employed...my question is now that I'm in the unpaid stretch of my maternity should I still not be taking employment elsewhere? I hope that makes sense.
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As soon as you take on paid employment, your maternity leave will finish even if it’s unpaid. You can ask your current employer to allow you to not service your notice period seeing as you wouldn’t be working during it anyway, and take on the new employment.

You can work, it just automatically stops your maternity leave but as you’re in the unpaid bit anyway it wouldn’t really make much difference. However you’d need to find out if you are allowed to work for this other company whilst still technically employed by your former company.

Thank you both. I'll look into these options x

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