Do we have to pay Keeping in Touch (KIT) days for employees on maternity leave?
The law provides for a woman on maternity leave to work for up to ten 'Keeping in Touch' (KIT) days during her maternity leave, without it having any impact on her entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP).
However, the law does not state that a woman must be paid for KIT days and any payment is at the discretion of the employer. It is important therefore, to be clear with the employee on whether payment is to be made and this should be done before she agrees to attend a KIT day, so that if you are not paying for the KIT day, there is no dispute about pay once the day has been worked.
Whether or not your organisation decides to pay for KIT days, it is good practice to state your company’s position within your Maternity Policy, so employees are clear about where they stand.
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