You can take up to 10 Keeping in Touch days during your maternity leave
Contact and KIT days
You and your line manager may make reasonable contact during your maternity leave. Before you start your maternity leave, talk to your line manager to agree what kind of contact you will have, so that there is a clear understanding of your aspirations and expectations and those of your manager. For example:
- would you like to be updated about changes happening at work? If so, how would you like changes to be communicated to you?
- would you like the opportunity to attend work during your maternity leave to keep in touch, go to a particular event or take up a training opportunity?
Remember to turn your Microsoft Office “Out of Office” on for the duration of your Maternity Leave or Shared Parental Leave to redirect people who make contact to a colleague or shared email inbox while you are away. You may check your work emails while you are away on Maternity Leave or Shared Parental Leave if you wish, however, do not feel obliged to so.
Keeping in Touch (KIT) days
Keeping in Touch (KIT) days are a provision under the Work and Families Act 2006, particularly intended to help employees on maternity leave with the process of resuming work and to enable employers to maintain better contact and encourage more open communication with women on maternity leave.
Key points for KIT days
These days are optional and the decision to undertake a KIT day must be made by agreement between you and your line manager (there are no rights for either the employer or the employee to require such days).
- there can be up to 10 KIT days taken during the period of maternity leave
- the type of work can be anything that you would normally do and be paid for, and could include attendance on training courses and at conferences
- you will not be paid for attending KIT days, nor will it be possible for the University to meet any additional childcare costs. However, for each KIT day, your physical return to work will be deferred by one day. You will not see these days in Trent and they can’t be booked at a later date. For example, if you were due to return to work on Monday 2 April and worked 5 KIT days, for payroll purposes you would be treated as returning to work on Monday 2 April, but would not physically return until Monday 9 April. If, however, KIT days occur during the period when you are receiving Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), payment of SMP will not be affected
- any work carried out on any KIT day will count as one full day
- for health and safety reasons you must not work during the first two weeks after the baby is born
By maintaining a minimal, but regular, presence during maternity leave - bearing in mind there is no obligation for the employee to do so - Keeping in Touch days can offer real benefit to the University and the employee.
KIT days form
If you have taken any Keeping in Touch days whilst on maternity leave, please complete form PD25 and return it to Human Resources at least 2 weeks before the date you are due to return to work.