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Maternity rights: Notification of intention to return need not be in writing

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In King v Hundred of Hoo Nursery [1998] IRLR 564, the EAT overturns an employment tribunal's decision that an employee lost the right to return to work from extended maternity leave because her intention to return was mentioned informally when her father took written notification of the baby's premature birth to her employer, but was not expressed in writing at that stage. The tribunal's approach was manifestly unfair to the employee and did not reflect the purpose of the statutory provisions relating to maternity rights, holds the EAT.