HR · 19 February 2019

How many KIT days is my employee allowed to take?

KIT days
KIT days can only be used if both you and your employee agree to it
Keeping in touch (KIT) days provide staff with a limited opportunity to return to work, or take part in work related events, whilst they are on maternity leave or adoption leave. Kate Palmer, associate director of advice at Peninsula explains employerresponsibilities around such arrangements.

When utilised correctly, KIT days will allow you to keep in contact and maintain a relationship with staff who are spending a prolonged period away from work, making their eventual return a more seamless transition.

Individuals are able to use a maximum of 10 KIT days during any one period of leave without losing their entitlement to pay, or triggering the end of their leave. This full entitlement applies to all employees and will not differ depending on how many hours a week they are contracted to work.

It should be noted that any time an employee participates in work will qualify as one full KIT day, even if it’s just an hour. There are also no requirements on how close together the KIT days can be used, meaning your employees could choose to use them in two separate five-day blocks or space them out further.


 
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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Kate Palmer CIPD is the head of advisory at law firm Peninsula and is a member of its senior leadership team. She joined in 2009 having held a senior HR manager's role in another large company. With a specialist background in facilities management in the NHS, Kate offers a wealth of employment law experience. She's an expert negotiator - one notable case was with the NHS's trade unions over terms and conditions in the Agenda for Change pay system.

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