Employer lawyer Crystal Bolton from Michael Lewin Solicitors gives the low down on your rights on maternity leave in the video below.
She says your rights to continuous service, holiday entitlement and pensions contributions remain while you are on maternity leave. You are entitled to any routine pay increase, but this may affect your SMP. You are also entitled to your contractual benefits, such as a company mobile phone or car if unless these are only allowed for business use.
Your employer can make reasonable contact with you during your maternity leave, for instance, to inform you of any promotion or development opportunities in your department and to discuss your return to work. You can work for up to 10 Keeping in Touch days during ordinary and additional maternity leave without your maternity leave coming to an end.
Your pay for these days should be arranged with your employer, taking into account your SMP. You cannot work for your employer during the first two weeks after childbirth or four weeks if you are a factory worker and it is an offence for your employer to ask you to do so.