- Consult the BMA Employer Handbook.
- Make sure that employees returning from maternity leave have the facilities they need. Read more about this in the ACAS guidance on Accommodating Breastfeeding Employees in the Workplace
- Discuss with your employee an organised and pre-determined induction period. The BMA believes this is good practice and could include reduced workload with gradual build-up to pre-maternity leave levels.
Ensure that returning staff are informed of changes in protocols, local service provisions and care pathways.
- Returning employees may also be looking at flexible ways of working. This Timewise report on flexible working in the NHS looks at why it is important to offer staff flexible working options. Flexible working requests may include term time working, remote working, early or late start and finish times, and annualised hours. Read more about this in the BMA’s Salaried GPs Handbook and in our guidance on your rights as a parent returning to work.
- Make sure to claim for all locum reimbursement costs that you may be entitled to.