Can I contact an employee who is on maternity leave?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 July 2024
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Maternity; Policies; Procedures

When an employee is out on maternity leave, it is in both the employer and the employee’s best interests to keep in touch in order to maintain a positive relationship and prepare for the employee’s forthcoming return to work. However, it is important that the employer does not use this contact to pressurise the employee into returning to work early and/or carrying out any tasks whilst they are on maternity leave. As such, under employment law, employers are permitted to contact employees whilst they are on maternity leave, provided that such contact is "reasonable".

It should be noted that there are no legislative parameters for what is/is not considered to be "reasonable" contact, however

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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