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UpdatesDec 07, 2017

What you need to know about ‘keeping in touch’ days

‘Keeping in touch days’ are a great way of allowing employees on unpaid parental leave to work for you in order to ‘keep in touch’ with their employment, making it easier for them to return to that employment when their leave period expires.

Employees on unpaid parental leave may take up to 10 ‘keeping in touch days’ without affecting their NES entitlements.

By Charles Power

‘Keeping in touch days’ are a great way of allowing employees on unpaid parental leave to work for you in order to ‘keep in touch’ with their employment, making it easier for them to return to that employment when their leave period expires.

Employees on unpaid parental leave may take up to 10 ‘keeping in touch days’ without affecting their NES entitlements.

An employee will be able to perform paid work for you on up to 10 ‘keeping in touch days’ while they are taking unpaid parental leave without breaking the continuity of their period of unpaid parental leave.

How it works:

After a period of parental leave, an employee is entitled to return to the same job they had before they went on leave (or the job they had before they were transferred to a safe job or received no safe job leave).

Overall, an employee should not be disadvantaged in their career because they took unpaid parental leave. If possible, they should step straight back into their previous role.

For example, if an employee is promoted or voluntarily transferred while on leave, they are entitled to return to their new job.

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