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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reasons his Department’s new probation policy does not make provision for women to take maternity leave during the probation period. (287209)

[holding answer 16 July 2009]: The Department for Transport’s (central Department) staff handbook contains employees’ contractual entitlements to maternity leave. These entitlements are unaffected by the Department’s new probationary policy, which applies only to the central Department and not its agencies. In practical terms, new employees are unlikely to be taking maternity leave during their probationary period. If, however, the situation did arise, the employee would be entitled to take maternity leave in accordance with the maternity leave provisions in the staff handbook. In such a case, the employee’s probationary period would be frozen and recommenced upon the employee’s return from maternity leave.