Maternity Leave and Returning to Work

Posted in : Templates and Checklists ROI on 5 April 2012
Linda Hynes
Lewis Silkin
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This month’s topic focuses on maternity leave.

There have been several cases recently where employers have been held to have unfairly or discriminatorily dismissed a employee by terminating their employment while on maternity leave or not allowing an employee to return to work after their maternity leave. Some of these decisions have attracted high awards – most notably the award against O’Callaghan Hotels of €315,000 by the Equality Tribunal.

It is always prudent to try and agree the various periods of leave an employee intends to take before they go on maternity leave. This helps both the employee and the employer to understand when the employee anticipates returning to work and reminds the

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Linda Hynes
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