While on maternity, paternity or adoption leave
, employees are also allowed up to 10 "keeping-intouch days" (KITS) or 20 "shared-parental-in-touch days" (SPLITS), without ending their leave or pay.
The scale consisted of 24 items under four categories, namely, leave arrangements (carer leave, study/training leave, career breaks, cultural/religious leave, bereavement leave, and pooling of leave entitlements), maternity and parenting policies (unpaid maternity/paternity/adoption leave
, paid maternity leave, paid paternity leave, paid adoption leave
, and employer assistance with childcare), flexible work arrangements (part-time working, job sharing, telecommuting, self-rostering, and caps on overtime) and additional work provisions (telephone for personal use, counselling services, referral services, health programs, paternity or family support programs, exercise facilities, relocation or placement assistance, equal access to promotion, training and development).
An eligible mother who wants to take ShPL, or enable her eligible partner to take it, must end her maternity or adoption leave
and this can be done by returning to work before the end of her maternity leave period, or by giving notice that she intends to end it at a future date.