If you are returning to work within 9 months of your maternity leave start date, you are entitled to include the 10 days “Keeping in Touch” days before your maternity allowance stops (this assumes that you haven’t worked any “keeping in touch days” during your maternity leave).
For example, if you are returning to work full time on the 1st of August your maternity allowance will only stop once you have worked those 10 days, so your maternity allowance will stop on the 15th of August (the day after 10 days have been worked). Please note that any Bank Holiday’s or annual leave are NOT counted as a work day.
If you want to check that this applies to you if you claim Maternity Allowance, please ring 0800 055 6688 and have your National Insurance number with you.
I would imagine that this would also apply for Statutory Maternity Allowance but I don’t have the details for this. If anyone does, please can you share by adding them into a comment below.