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15/05/2013 at 15:25
My boss has just called me asking when i'll be coming back and when do i plan on doing kit days? i'm 6.5 months into mat leave! Is she actually allowed to call and ask me that? I thought they had to assume you'd take the full year unless you tell them otherwise? And as far as the kit days she made it sound like it would be expected i'd do them but i had no intentions of doing any! I work in the NHS, don't know if that makes any difference.
15/05/2013 at 15:27
Nope. Well I don't think there is anything stopping her asking but you don't have to tell her. I would just reply with "please presume I will take my full entitlement and I will give you 8 weeks notice, as per legislation, if I wish to return earlier"
15/05/2013 at 15:34
Hi JB, yeah that's basically what i said. She phoned me on an unknown number so i wasn't expecting it and caught me off guard. plus i'm pretty scared of her which means i'm not very good at being firm. lol. It's the KIT days that have got the wind up me, i hate the place and don't want to go back there a moment before i have to, so have no intention of doing KIT days at all! The way she asked made it sound as if i would be expected to do so, but my understanding was KIT days are there for my benefit, not theirs...
15/05/2013 at 15:37
I'm not really sure. I'm emoloyed by the council, I've had to fill out a form already and I'm only 15 weeks pregnant stating when I'm due and when I propose to return to work. This is no problem for me as I work in a school so will return at the start of the academic year 2014. Even so, I could still change my mind and increase/decrease my mat leave as I wish I just have to give notice. I'd do as JB said x
ETA I didn't do any KIT days when I was on mat leave wih Isla and I don't intend to do any this time either
15/05/2013 at 16:15
They can ask, but you don't have to give them an answer. I work for a university and HR assume i'm taking the full year unless I tell them otherwise, although I spoke to my line manager and we discussed my return to work plan, but i'm allowed to change my mind at any time. From what I know about KIT days, you don't need to go to any, but they are encouraged. You get paid for going to them, so I intend to take full advantage of them. But I like my job, and the people I work with, so I guess it's not such an issue for me.
15/05/2013 at 16:18
RKB, don't forget that you lose smp for any kit days you take. It's worth doing the sums because for me it isn't really worth it
15/05/2013 at 16:24
You can work up to 10 KIT days without it affecting your SMP, at least that's what i've been told. I doubt i'll do as many as that, and they have to be offered to me by my work, I can't just decide I want one.
15/05/2013 at 16:27
I was told that whilst you will continue to receive smp, for the days you work you won't receive it in addition to your daily rate, the smp amount for that day will be deducted from your daily rate.
15/05/2013 at 16:33
RKB, if you do a Kit Day whilst you are being paid SMP, you lose the SMP and get paid your normal rate. You then have to pay tax etc. they are worth doing after the 9m smp is up.
Re original post, they can ask but you are entitled to refuse to answer.
15/05/2013 at 16:55
Hmmm. My work should really make that clearer in their maternity policy. This is what mine says RE: KIT days
In addition you may be invited by your line manager to come to work (including attending training) for up to paid 10 days during your maternity leave without bringing your maternity leave to an end or losing Statutory Maternity Pay. These days are known as Keeping in Touch (KIT) days.
Your line manager may invite you to attend a KIT day, but you are not obliged to undertake any work during maternity leave. For each KIT day worked you are entitled to the equivalent of a full days pay. If the KIT day falls in a period of reduced pay your pay for that day will be topped up to a full day rate. Your Line Manager will inform HR of the dates worked and we will inform Payroll to process payments.
I might get in touch with HR and ask them to clarify...
15/05/2013 at 16:56
My work has told me to make sure I don't do my KIT days until after 9 months as otherwise I'll lose SMP and be out of pocket.
After SMP finishes at 9 months it makes sense to do KIT days then if you want a few days pocket money, but only if you can be bothered!
As for if work can ask, they can ask but you don't have to tell them!
15/05/2013 at 17:08
Rkb, but that policy says what we are saying. You will still receive smp and they then top it up to your normal daily rate. If you received normal daily rate in addition to smp then you would be earning more than normal for that day.
In the days before kit days if you did even one days work then your smp was stopped permanently
15/05/2013 at 17:39
Forgive me! I can now see that's the case! I'm such a numpty! Thanks JB. I'm one easily confuzzled woman these days....and it's worrying that this is before baby arrives!
15/05/2013 at 18:15
I used to work in HR ;-) Always makes it a bit easier to understand.
15/05/2013 at 22:58
You can def do up to 10 kit days and still be paid SMP as I've been doing a few recently and have also had the SMP payment. I did think the same though, so the work phoned up and checked for me. I've chosen to do some to keep my hand in and up to date with what's going on. The extra money has also been useful while on SMP. It's up to you if you want to do them; they can't force you to.
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