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Form for employee to request statutory maternity leave

Form for employee to request statutory maternity leave

Form for employee to request statutory maternity leave
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This form details the information required from an employee who is requesting statutory maternity leave. The form outlines the requirements to qualify for statutory maternity leave and asks for the employee’s consent that the employer may ask for evidence of pregnancy.

Form for employee to vary the start date of maternity leave and pay

Form for employee to vary the start date of maternity leave and pay

Form for employee to vary the start date of maternity leave and pay
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This form can be used by an employee who wishes to change the date on which her maternity leave and maternity pay will commence. The form details the previous start date and the new start date of the maternity leave and includes space for the employee to provide further information if necessary.

Form providing notification of absence for pregnancy related reasons 4 weeks before EWC

Form providing notification of absence for pregnancy related reasons 4 weeks before EWC

Form providing notification of absence for pregnancy related reasons 4 weeks before EWC
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This form is for employees who are absent from work for a pregnancy-related reason during the four weeks prior to their expected week of childbirth (EWC), giving new dates of maternity leave and pay.

Letter

Letter to accept a request to return early from maternity leave

Letter to accept a request to return early from maternity leave

Letter to accept a request to return early from maternity leave
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This letter accepts an employee's request to return from maternity leave earlier than the agreed date as the employee has given eight weeks’ notice. The letter confirms the new date of return and outlining what will happen on that date.

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee whose baby dies after birth

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee whose baby dies after birth

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee whose baby dies after birth
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This letter offers condolences to an employee on maternity leave whose baby has died. The letter informs the employee that she is still entitled to the full period of maternity leave and that she needs to give eight weeks' notice if she would like to return to work early.

Letter to arrange a return to work meeting with an employee who is on maternity leave

Letter to arrange a return to work meeting with an employee who is on maternity leave

Letter to arrange a return to work meeting with an employee who is on maternity leave
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This letter should be sent to an employee who is on maternity leave to arrange a meeting to discuss her return to work. The letter outlines the purpose of the meeting and has options to describe what will be discussed such as training, flexible working requests or annual leave.

Letter offering a suitable alternative when returning from maternity leave

Letter offering a suitable alternative when returning from maternity leave

Letter offering a suitable alternative when returning from maternity leave
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This letter template should be sent to an employee to outline an alternative job on the same terms and conditions as the job left when the employee started maternity leave. Although the law does not prohibit contact with a woman whilst on maternity leave it would be best to leave sending a letter like this until towards the end of her maternity leave.

Letter to an employee on maternity leave confirming new return date after premature birth

Letter to an employee on maternity leave confirming new return date after premature birth

Letter to an employee on maternity leave confirming new return date after premature birth
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This letter is to be used in conjunction with a maternity leave policy which provides for extending the length of maternity leave for employees who have a premature baby who is not well enough to go home as normal. The letter confirms the new maternity leave start date (if appropriate), the length of extended leave and the new return date. 

Letter agreeing an amendment to an employee's job description following maternity leave

Letter agreeing an amendment to an employee's job description following maternity leave

Letter agreeing an amendment to an employee's job description following maternity leave
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Send this letter to an employee who has requested a change of duties following her maternity leave to confirm the amendment to her job description. The letter outlines the changes and confirms whether the change is permanent or temporary.

Letter to an employee absent for a pregnancy-related reason close to the fourth week before her EWC

Letter to an employee absent for a pregnancy-related reason close to the fourth week before her EWC

Letter to an employee absent for a pregnancy-related reason close to the fourth week before her EWC
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This letter is to advise an employee absent for a pregnancy-related reason close to the fourth week before her expected week of childbirth (EWC) that continued absence may trigger the start of her maternity leave.

Letter to determine whether a woman returning to work following maternity leave is still breastfeeding

Letter to determine whether a woman returning to work following maternity leave is still breastfeeding

Letter to determine whether a woman returning to work following maternity leave is still breastfeeding
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This letter should be sent to an employee who is on maternity leave to confirm whether they will still be breastfeeding when they return to work so that suitable arrangements can be made.

Letter offering temporary employment to cover for maternity leave

Letter offering temporary employment to cover for maternity leave

Letter offering temporary employment to cover for maternity leave
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This letter can be used to offer an applicant a position to cover for maternity leave. The letter outlines the start of employment date, emphasises that it is a fixed-term contract, and outlines what happens when the contract ends.

Letter for employee to notify employer that she wishes to return to work early from maternity leave

Letter for employee to notify employer that she wishes to return to work early from maternity leave

Letter for employee to notify employer that she wishes to return to work early from maternity leave
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This letter template can be used by an employee to notify their employer of an intention to return to work early. The letter gives an employer notice of the date of an early return to work during maternity leave.

Letter outlining a phased return to work following maternity leave

Letter outlining a phased return to work following maternity leave

Letter outlining a phased return to work following maternity leave
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Send this letter to an employee who has requested a phased return to work following her maternity leave to outline the working arrangements for this period. The letter outlines the hours and days of the phased return period and the amount the employee will be paid.

Letter to an employee on maternity leave about her intention of whether to return to work or not

Letter to an employee on maternity leave about her intention of whether to return to work or not

Letter to an employee on maternity leave about her intention of whether to return to work or not
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This letter can be used to informally ask if and when an employee plans to return to work, confirming overall maternity leave allowance and notice period in the event of resignation. The letter also advises on early return to work.

Letter for employee to provide notification that she does not intend to return to work after maternity leave

Letter for employee to provide notification that she does not intend to return to work after maternity leave

Letter for employee to provide notification that she does not intend to return to work after maternity leave
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This letter should be completed by an employee who does not intend to return to work after their period of maternity leave. The letter states the employee's intention to not return to work and confirms their notice period.

Letter warning a new mother of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment

Letter warning a new mother of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment

Letter warning a new mother of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment
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This letter informs an employee of the consequences of refusing an offer of suitable alternative work, made because she is a new mother or breastfeeding, and urges her to reconsider.

Letter confirming expected date of return to work from maternity leave

Letter confirming expected date of return to work from maternity leave

Letter confirming expected date of return to work from maternity leave
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This letter should be sent to an employee who has informed the employer that she intends to return to work following maternity leave. The letter confirms the expected date of the employee’s return to work and also outlines what the employee should do if she is ill on that date.

Letter informing an employee of her ineligibility for statutory maternity pay

Letter informing an employee of her ineligibility for statutory maternity pay

Letter informing an employee of her ineligibility for statutory maternity pay
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This template letter outlines the employee's entitlement to maternity leave but not statutory maternity pay. It explains how to claim maternity allowance, the process for early return to work, holiday accrual, and the availability of keeping in touch days.

Letter warning a pregnant employee of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment

Letter warning a pregnant employee of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment

Letter warning a pregnant employee of the consequences of refusing the offer of suitable alternative employment
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This letter informs a pregnant employee that she may be suspended without pay if she does not accept an offer of suitable alternative employment after a health and safety assessment has concluded that her current role puts her or the baby at risk.

Letter outlining arrangements for breastfeeding

Letter outlining arrangements for breastfeeding

Letter outlining arrangements for breastfeeding
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This letter should be sent to an employee who is returning from maternity leave to confirm the arrangements that have been made to support them in continuing to breastfeed their baby after their return to work. The letter outlines the facilities available and any adjustments to working hours.

Letter confirming maternity leave and pay entitlement

Letter confirming maternity leave and pay entitlement

Letter confirming maternity leave and pay entitlement
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Send this letter to an employee who has informed you of her pregnancy to confirm details of the health and safety risk assessment, to inform the employee of her entitlement to maternity leave and statutory maternity pay, and to give details of working during maternity leave and holiday entitlement.

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a development affecting her work

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a development affecting her work

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a development affecting her work
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This letter advises an employee of developments that will affect her work when she returns from maternity leave, assuring her that the employer will keep her abreast of any future changes as well.

Letter responding to a request for holidays before or after maternity leave

Letter responding to a request for holidays before or after maternity leave

Letter responding to a request for holidays before or after maternity leave
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Use this letter to acknowledge the employee's request for annual leave before or after their maternity leave and to confirm the amount of annual leave remaining. The letter has options to approve or deny the request and confirm the start and end dates of their maternity leave.

Letter confirming receipt of the MATB1 form

Letter confirming receipt of the MATB1 form

Letter confirming receipt of the MATB1 form
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This letter acknowledges that an employee has submitted the MATB1 form and tells the employee when she can start her maternity leave and the notice she must give to the employer. It also covers pregnancy-related illness, ante-natal appointments and statutory maternity pay.

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a job vacancy

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a job vacancy

Letter informing an employee on maternity leave of a job vacancy
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This letter is for an employer to keep in touch with an employee on maternity leave and in the interest of equal opportunities to let them know about a vacant job role. The letter also gives details of the post and the application process.

Letter responding to a request to vary hours when returning from maternity leave

Letter responding to a request to vary hours when returning from maternity leave

Letter responding to a request to vary hours when returning from maternity leave
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This letter invites an employee to a meeting to discuss their request to return to work on a part-time basis after maternity leave. The letter outlines who will attend the meeting and that the employee has the right to be accompanied by a work colleague.

Letter to an employee who is a new mother or breastfeeding offering suitable alternative work

Letter to an employee who is a new mother or breastfeeding offering suitable alternative work

Letter to an employee who is a new mother or breastfeeding offering suitable alternative work
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This letter offers suitable temporary alternative work to an employee who is breastfeeding or returning to work after giving birth, when a risk assessment has shown her normal duties to be inappropriate.

Letter informing an employee that her statutory maternity pay has been recalculated

Letter informing an employee that her statutory maternity pay has been recalculated

Letter informing an employee that her statutory maternity pay has been recalculated
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This letter advises an employee of a recalculation of her statutory maternity pay due to a pay rise, bonus, or change in the rate of SMP. The letter details the new entitlement and when the new rate will start to be paid.

Letter responding to an employee requesting a keeping in touch day

Letter responding to an employee requesting a keeping in touch day

Letter responding to an employee requesting a keeping in touch day
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This letter can be used to reply to an employee who has requested a keeping in touch (KIT) day and to arrange a convenient time for a KIT day. It explains the employee's entitlement to the KIT day as well as providing details of what will be covered during the KIT day.

Letter explaining her maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a stillbirth after 24 weeks

Letter explaining her maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a stillbirth after 24 weeks

Letter explaining her maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a stillbirth after 24 weeks
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This letter informs an employee who has suffered a stillbirth after 24 weeks that she is still entitled to maternity leave, explains her entitlement to statutory maternity pay, and what will happen should she want to return to work early.

Letter informing an employee that insufficient notice has been given to return to work early

Letter informing an employee that insufficient notice has been given to return to work early

Letter informing an employee that insufficient notice has been given to return to work early
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This letter should be sent to an employee who has not given enough notice for an early return from maternity leave. It offers a recalculated date taking the request into account, or defaults to the original return date.

Letter responding to an employee who has decided not to return to work after maternity leave

Letter responding to an employee who has decided not to return to work after maternity leave

Letter responding to an employee who has decided not to return to work after maternity leave
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This letter confirms the employee's decision not to return to work after maternity leave and confirms their last day of employment, P45 and final pay.

Letter explaining keeping in touch day arrangements

Letter explaining keeping in touch day arrangements

Letter explaining keeping in touch day arrangements
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This letter sets out the arrangements for keeping in touch (KIT) days during an employee's maternity leave, explaining what KIT days are for and what the employee will be paid for their time. The letter also explains that there is no requirement for an employee to take a KIT day and that the employer is under no obligation to provide any KIT days.

Letter inviting an employee to a keeping in touch day

Letter inviting an employee to a keeping in touch day

Letter inviting an employee to a keeping in touch day
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Women on maternity leave can attend work for up to 10 days during their leave for the purpose of keeping in touch. This template letter can be sent to an employee to invite her to a KIT day, explaining the reasons for inviting her. The letter also explains that there is no requirement for the employee to attend a KIT day and that she will not suffer any detriment as a result.

Letter to a pregnant employee inviting her to a pre-maternity leave interview

Letter to a pregnant employee inviting her to a pre-maternity leave interview

Letter to a pregnant employee inviting her to a pre-maternity leave interview
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This letter invites a pregnant employee to a pre-maternity leave meeting to discuss the necessary arrangements that will be put in place during her maternity leave and any queries regarding keeping in touch days, calculation of holiday entitlement and the notifications that she needs to provide to the company during her maternity leave.

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy

Letter explaining the maternity rights to an employee who has suffered a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy
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This letter can be used to let an employee, who has suffered a miscarriage during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, know that under the circumstances she can claim sick leave and statutory sick pay with a doctor's certificate. It also gives details of occupational sick pay if applicable.

Policy

Breastfeeding or expressing milk policy

Breastfeeding or expressing milk policy

Breastfeeding or expressing milk policy
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This policy explains the provision which will be made for mothers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk. The policy covers the legal background, maternity suspension, dismissal, night work, provision for expressing milk at work, and time off to breastfeed.

Maternity leave policy

Maternity leave policy

Maternity leave policy
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The maternity leave policy includes information on time off for ante-natal care, length of leave, maternity pay, keeping in touch and returning to work. It also includes an entirely optional clause on extending maternity leave in the event that a premature birth requires the baby to spend a period of time in hospital.

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