We are a medium sized company but only have a few staff. We had 1 girl go off sick when she found out that she was pregnant, she had full maternity leave plus the extra 6 months. We had to contact her to see if she was coming back to work and she said NO!!!. We were without a key member of staff for 2 years and this is grossly unfair.
We also knew (unofficially) that she had no intention of coming back to work from day 1 when she went off sick. Its ludicrous