P_HR_16 Family Leave

This policy is intended as a guide for both employees and managers and contains details about the Trust's provision for maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave.

The policy outlines at what point employees may begin their leave and the process to follow to ensure the period before, during and after is well planned and goes smoothly. The policy also provides information about benefits employees will be entitled to and how to obtain these.

The Trust recognises the contribution of its employees make to the future development and success of the Trust and is therefore committed to recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre.

All claims for family leave will be validated and any suspected abuse of this policy will be referred to the Local Counter Fraud Specialist, for investigation, and may result in disciplinary proceedings and/or a criminal investigation being carried out.

This policy aims to ensure that no employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, civil partnership/marital status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, creed, religion/belief, disability, age or trade union membership, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are not justified by the job.

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