Manage an employee who wants to return to work early from maternity leave

Key points

  • If an employee intends to return to work before the end of her full maternity leave entitlement, she must give at least eight weeks' notice of her date of return.
  • The employer can prevent the employee from returning early if she has not given the required notice, but only if it complied with certain notice requirements itself before the employee went on maternity leave.

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