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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Must we give women paid time off to attend antenatal classes?
    Yes. Once an employee has informed you of her pregnancy she's entitled to take a "reasonable" amount of paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments and classes (and this can include parent craft and relaxation classes that the employee's doctor, midwife or health visitor has advised her to attend). Unfortunately, there's no definition as to what constitutes an unreasonable refusal by an employer. Whilst you can't insist on it, encourage staff to make antenatal appointments and attend antenatal classes...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - What are maternity leave "keeping in touch" (KIT) days?
    Whilst on maternity leave an employee may work for up to ten days without losing any Statutory Maternity Pay and without the risk of bringing her maternity leave to a premature end. KIT days may be taken during the period of ordinary or additional maternity leave (but not during the period of compulsory maternity leave immediately after birth). The "work" may include anything that would qualify as "keeping in touch", so apart from carrying out work or training, it could also involve attending team meetings....
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Is redundancy an easy way to get rid of staff on maternity leave?
    No, never. Any attempt to make a woman redundant for a reason(s) related to her pregnancy amounts to unlawful discrimination. Indeed, those on maternity leave who have been provisionally selected for redundancy have a statutory right to priority over other potentially redundant employees when suitable alternative employment is being considered. You can only select a woman on maternity leave for redundancy if you can show that the entire selection and dismissal process is a fair one. This can be done by: (1)...
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