Where an employee notifies her employer of her intended maternity leave start date how should the employer respond?

An employer must respond to an employee's notification of her maternity leave start date within 28 days of receiving the notice. The employer's response must be in writing and must inform the employee of the date of the end of her additional maternity leave, following which she is expected to return to work.

The employer may take this opportunity to provide details of practicalities such as arrangements for keeping-in-touch days, and notification procedures should the employee wish to return earlier than the expected return date.