Maternity Protection Act 1994

Notification of intention to return to work.

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28. (1) F52 [ Subject to sections 14B(11) and 16B(10) , entitlement to return to work ] in accordance with section 26 or to be offered suitable alternative work under section 27 shall be subject to an employee who has been absent from work while on protective leave in accordance with this Act having, not later than four weeks before F52 [ the date on which she or he expects to return to work ], notified in writing (or caused to be so notified) the employer or, where the employee is aware of a change of ownership of the undertaking concerned, the successor, of F52 [ her or his intention to return to work ] and of F52 [ the date on which she or he expects to return to work ].

F53 [ (1A) Entitlement to return to work in accordance with section 26 or to be offered suitable alternative work under section 27 shall be subject to an employee who has been absent from work on resumed leave within the meaning of section 14B or 16B , as the case may be, having notified in writing (or caused to be so notified) the employer or, where the employee is aware of a change of ownership of the undertaking concerned, the successor, of her or his intention to return to work and of the date on which she or he expects to return to work

( a ) if the period of resumed leave concerned is 4 weeks or less

(i) at the same time as the relevant notification is given by the employee under section 14B(8) or 16B(7) , as the case may be, or

(ii) if the employer waives the right to receive such notification, not later than the day on which the employee expects to return to work,

or

( b ) if the period of resumed leave concerned is more than 4 weeks, not later than 4 weeks before the date on which the employee expects to return to work.

(1B) Entitlement to return to work in accordance with section 26 or to be offered suitable alternative work under section 27 shall be subject to an employee who has been absent from work and been deemed under subsection (6 ) of section 14B or subsection (5) of section 16B , as the case may be, to be on resumed leave within the meaning of whichever of those sections is appropriate having, not later than the date on which she or he expects to return to work, notified in writing (or caused to be so notified) the employer or, where the employee is aware of a change of ownership of the undertaking concerned, the successor, of her or his intention to return to work and of the date on which she or he expects to return to work. ]

(2) Where, in the opinion of a rights commissioner or the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds—

F52 [ ( a ) for an employee s failure to give notification under subsection (1) , (1A) or (1B) , as may be appropriate, or ]

( b) for an employee giving such notification otherwise than within the specified time limits,

the rights commissioner or the Tribunal, as the case may be, shall extend the time for giving the notification.

(3) In the absence of reasonable grounds—

F52 [ ( a ) failure to give notification under subsection (1) , (1A) or (1B) , as may be appropriate, or ]

( b) the giving of such notification otherwise than within the specified time limits,

are matters that may be taken into account by a rights commissioner, the Tribunal or the Circuit Court in determining the employee’s rights under the 1977 Act, this Act or any other relevant enactment, so far as the remedies of re-instatement, re-engagement or compensation are concerned.