A8.1 Yes, Your line manager should keep in contact with you throughout the period of your confinement and maternity leave, providing information and support where required and a link to the workplace.
A8.2 KIT days facilitate the process of an employee and their manager keeping in touch during the maternity leave period and support the smooth return to work for the employee returning from maternity leave. Examples of when they may be used include Training/Development sessions, team meetings, service or policy updates or working a normal shift.
A8.3 No. KIT days are optional. You may choose to work any number in agreement with your manager or indeed decide that you do not wish to work any KIT days during Maternity Leave. The payment rules for KIT days worked, up to a total of 10 days.
A8.4 No. If you work an 11th day, your maternity leave will come to an end.
A8.5 You may not work by law during the two weeks immediately following the birth of your child.
A8.6 Any work done on any KIT day under your contract of employment will count as a whole (one) KIT day. Therefore, if you attend work for a 2 hour training session this will count as 1 KIT day.
A8.7 Hours worked on a KIT day should be recorded as a roster note in SSTS and the detail will be passed automatically to Payroll where a manual calculation of the KIT payment will be performed. The roster note should describe the date and hours worked together with an indication of how many KIT days have been worked (including this latest KIT day) in the current maternity leave absence.
A8.9 No. This is not essential and the planned KIT days can be worked consecutively or not, as agreed between the employee and their manager.
No. Employees who agree to work KIT days will not be paid for work done in addition to SMP. The statutory rules provide for payment at a rate no less than the weekly value of SMP for work done on a KIT day, so if you work 10 hours on a KIT day with a contractual payment of £145.00 you will not receive the £145.00 in addition to the weekly rate of SMP (£139.58 from 6 April 2015) however since that exceeds the SMP rate you will be paid £145.00 instead of SMP. If you work 8 hours on a KIT day and the contractual payment is £80.00, you will receive £139.58 SMP which is higher than the contractual payment. Payment is made of the higher value only.
A8.11 Payment will be made in the first pay bill run after input of the SSTS roster note.
A8.12 The KIT days payment will be based on the total number of hours worked in that calendar week. The contractual payment for KIT days worked will be compared to the SMP value and the higher payment will be paid.
A8.13 Payment for KIT days worked will be made for any amount greater than the weekly value of Maternity Allowance. If the KIT day calculation is less than the value of MA then no payment will be made
A8.14 KIT days will be paid at the normal hourly rate as if the employee were at work.
A8.15 If the KIT day is worked between weeks 1 to 26 of maternity leave, the calculation will be based on the greater of :
If the KIT day is worked between weeks 27 to 39 of maternity leave, the calculation will be based on the greater of :
If the KIT day is worked between weeks 40 to 52 of maternity leave, the calculation will be based on
A8.16 Your employer is required to complete a risk assessment of your working conditions and provide you with the required facilities including an area to rest and express milk and a dedicated storage space for storing expressed milk.