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Maternity Leave: Keeping in touch days
Since 1 April 2007, an employer may agree with the mother that she will do up to 10 “keeping in touch” (KIT) days work or training during maternity leave. These days will be paid. The safe view is therefore is that these days will be pensionable in full as if the woman was working normally.
This is easy to achieve in a defined contribution scheme as both the employer and the employee will pay contributions using, respectively, the employee’s normal salary and the pay actually received as a basis. However, how it works in a defined benefit scheme depends whether, the KIT day falls in a period of paid (in which case contributions would be due (see Maternity Leave: defined benefit schemes) or unpaid maternity leave and, if the latter, upon how the scheme calculates pensionable service.
Author: Georgina Jones