All employees are entitled to maintain any contractual benefits that they would usually receive/benefit from during both ordinary and additional maternity leave, with the exception of paid wages.
Annual leave entitlement
Statutory and contractual annual leave entitlement continues to accrue in the normal way during both ordinary and additional maternity leave.
Keeping-in-touch (KIT) days
An employee may work for up to 10 days under their contract of employment without bringing their maternity leave to an end or losing their entitlement to statutory maternity pay. These days are known as ‘keeping-in-touch (KIT) days’.
The GP practice/employer may make reasonable contact with an employee who is on maternity leave.
Returning to work
An employee who decides to return to work at the end of her additional maternity leave is not required to give any notice of her return date. If, however, she wishes to return to work early, including at the end of her ordinary maternity leave, she may be required to give eight weeks’ notice of her intended early return date.
Failure to return to work
If the employee does not wish to return to work at the end of her maternity leave, she is required to provide the appropriate notice period as set out in her contract of employment.