Question: Do keeping in touch days affect paid parental leave?

Keeping in touch days do not affect paid parental leave, as they dont count as having returned to work.

Do keep in touch days affect maternity pay?

Keeping in touch days The type of work and pay employees get should be agreed before they come into work. The employees right to maternity or adoption leave and pay is not affected by taking keeping in touch days.

How many keep in touch days are you allowed on maternity leave?

10 days You can agree with your employer to work for up to 10 days during your maternity leave to help you stay in touch with your organisation. These are called keeping in touch (KIT) days. Its up to you to agree with your employer: if you want to work KIT days.

Are keeping in touch days pro rata?

No. The 10 keeping-in-touch days for new parents are not pro-rated for part-time employees. Each employee who takes shared parental leave can take up to 20 SPLIT days in addition to any keeping-in-touch days they take during maternity or adoption leave, and these are not pro-rated for part-time employees.

Can an employer refuse keeping in touch days?

No, you are entitled to refuse to work KIT days during your maternity leave. Equally, your employer does not have to provide KIT days during your leave. But, providing you both agree on a KIT day, these can take place at any time during the 52 week maternity leave period.

Who pays for keeping in touch days?

employer Your employer must pay you for the time you work. A keeping in touch day may affect your workplace entitlements, such as leave accrual. Once you have returned to work you cant access a keeping in touch day. This is even if you didnt use all 10 days.

Is it illegal to work while on maternity leave?

Working while on paid parental leave is not allowed under The Department of Human Services guidelines. For this reason, the department has strict guidelines on the kind of activities an employee can do on keeping in touch days. Below are accepted activities for keeping in touch days: Participate in a planning day.

What are keeping in touch days used for?

These days are best used as a way to keep up to date with any changes in your workplace while you have been on leave; to attend a training course or staff meeting; to complete a project or to help you settle back into work gradually at the end of your leave.

Does my employer have to keep my job open after maternity?

Youre entitled to return to the same job after maternity leave if youve been away 26 weeks or less. Your pay and conditions must be the same as or better than if you hadnt gone on maternity leave. Its unfair dismissal and maternity discrimination if your employer says you cant return to the same job.

Can you have more than 10 keeping in touch days?

You are allowed to work up to ten keeping in touch (KIT) days during maternity or adoption leave without bringing your leave or pay to an end. You are also allowed to work up to 20 shared-parental-in-touch (SPLIT) days without bringing shared parental leave or pay to an end.

What is the purpose of keeping in touch days?

These days are best used as a way to keep up to date with any changes in your workplace while you have been on leave; to attend a training course or staff meeting; to complete a project or to help you settle back into work gradually at the end of your leave.

What happens if I dont want to return to work after maternity leave?

If you decide not to go back to your job, your contract will tell you how much notice you need to give your employer. If theres nothing in your contract, you need to give at least a weeks notice. Make sure you get paid for any holiday you have left - including the time you built up while you were on maternity leave.

Are Kit days paid in addition to SMP?

You can only use KIT days with the employer paying you SMP. You cannot use KIT days for any work you do for any employer other than the employer who is paying you SMP. If, after your baby is born, you do any work for an employer who did not employ you in the qualifying week, your SMP will stop.

How much do I get paid for keeping in touch days?

MA is paid for 39 weeks at the rate of 90% of your average earnings up to a maximum of £151.97 per week (April 2021 to April 2022). If you are receiving Maternity Allowance from the DWP you may work for up to ten KIT days without losing Maternity Allowance.

Can I quit my job after maternity leave?

Youre not legally required to return to work after maternity or paternity leave. You can quit your job at any time, for any reason. Unless you are required by contract to stay in your job for a certain amount of time, youre an at-will employee and are legally entitled to quit.

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