Under the maternity provisions can a woman return to work at the end of ordinary maternity leave without giving notice?

Once an employee has given notification of the day on which she intends to begin her maternity leave, within 28 days the employer must respond, informing her of the date on which her additional maternity leave will end. The employee does not need to give notice of her return to work if she returns on the day after the end of her additional maternity leave, which for all women is a period of 52 weeks.

If, however, an employee wishes to take only 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave, for example because she wants to guarantee her right to return to the same job, she must give the employer eight weeks' notice of her return to work because she will be returning before her full 52-week leave entitlement has ended.