Whilst on Maternity Leave, are there any Consequences for an Employee taking more than 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) Days?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 May 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay; Family Friendly Rights; Contracts of Employment

All pregnant employees are legally entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave, made up of 26 weeks’ Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 week’s Additional Maternity Leave, provided it is a single continuous period of leave. Employers can appreciate that this is a significant period of time to be out of work and its employees can feel isolated and disconnected from the workplace during this period. Therefore, there is benefit to keeping employees engaged with the work through keeping in touch (KIT) days.

It can be agreed with employers, prior to an employee going on maternity leave, to work during their statutory maternity leave for up to ten days’ which are known as KIT days,

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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