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Regulation 12A(2) of the Maternity and Parental Leave
Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3312) provides that "any work carried out on any day shall
constitute a day's work". This means that keeping-in-touch days may be worked
as half days, but each half day worked will count as a whole day. Guidance from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills states that if a woman on maternity leave comes in for a one-hour training session and
does no other work on that day, she will have used up one of her keeping-in-touch
days. This means that the 10 permissible keeping-in-touch days cannot be used
to create 20 half days. If a woman works on one keeping-in-touch day, this
counts as a whole day. The same rights are available to employees on adoption leave and additional paternity leave.
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