We hope that you enjoy your leave from work and that it provides you with countless happy memories as you welcome and get to know your new arrival.
During your maternity, adoption or shared parental leave, your contract with Bupa remains in place and the following terms and conditions of your employment relating to benefits remain in force:
• Life insurance;
• Health insurance;
• Use of company car
• Annual salary review
• Eligibility for bonus/incentive if applicable. Please refer to your scheme guidelines for details.
New mothers must take a minimum of 2 week’s maternity leave, and we will not contact you about anything work related during this time. We will make reasonable contact with you during your maternity, adoption or shared parental leave as it is important that you are kept informed of any developments at work; plus, it’s great for us to keep in touch and find out how you and your new arrival are progressing.
You may undertake up to ten days paid work during your maternity or adoption leave, without bringing your leave to an end. These are known as "keeping in touch" (KIT) days. During shared parental leave, you can agree to work for Bupa for up to 20 days without bringing your period of leave to an end or impacting on your right to claim statutory shared parental pay for that week. Such days are known as "shared parental leave in-touch" or "SPLIT" days.
These optional days may be used for any activity that would ordinarily be classed as work under your contract of employment, including: training, attending a team meeting or any activity undertaken for the purposes of keeping in touch with the workplace. They can be taken at any stage during maternity leave (apart from the first two weeks after the birth) and at any stage during adoption or shared parental leave.
KIT or SPLIT days must be agreed with your manager and you should refer to the relevant policy for further details.
As your leave draws to an end, and you start to get ready to return to work, you may be thinking about your childcare options. If you wish to join our childcare voucher scheme, which allows you to save tax and national insurance on the value of the vouchers, you can find out how to do so here
You may also need to consider how your working hours suit your new circumstances. If you wish to apply to change these, you should have a discussion with your manager before requesting a change through our flexible working policy. We will give full and fair consideration to your request. If we are unable to approve this, we will provide full and clear reasons and look for alternative options to support you.
Need some help?
If you've got a Bupa email address, submit your query online by clicking the question mark.
Alternatively, you can call the team on 0161 931 7500.
If you don't have a Bupa email address, please speak to your manager for more help.