May 21, 2018
When an employee is on maternity leave, they are away from the workplace for an extended period of time and it is useful to keep in touch.
The law allows employers to make reasonable contact during maternity leave. After all, you may want to contact the employee to discuss their return to work or inform them of any developments in the workplace, upcoming events, training courses, promotion opportunities or job vacancies.
In fact, it is likely that if you do not tell your employees about promotion opportunities, possible job vacancies or redundancies, it could actually amount to unlawful discrimination.
An employee can also work up to 10 days during maternity leave through Keep in Touch (KIT) days. KIT days can help prepare the employee for their return to work and ease the transition process and you can also gain their valuable input on ongoing projects.
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However, employers should not confuse ‘reasonable contact’ with ‘Keep in Touch’ days as they are two separate things.
Here are eight things all employers need to know about KIT days:
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