Staff entitled tp pay rises while on maternity leave

first_img Comments are closed. Pay rises awarded to pregnant workers must be taken into account whenworking out their maternity leave pay, even if the increase took place justbefore they stopped work to have a baby, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)has ruled. It has intervened in a case brought by Michelle Alabaster against heremployer, the Woolwich Building Society, which has dragged on since 1996 in UKand EU courts. She had complained that a pay rise just before her maternity leave had notbeen reflected in her maternity pay, claiming the building society hadtherefore committed illegal sexual discrimination. The Woolwich and the British Government opposed this, noting the pay risecame after the reference period used to calculate maternity pay (ending 15weeks before maternity leave). Proceedings ended up at the Court of Appeal,which referred them to the ECJ for guidance on EU law. It has ruled that under European case law “any pay rise awarded betweenthe beginning of the period covered by the reference pay and the end of thematernity leave must be included” in calculations. The Court of Appeal also asked how to take account of such a belated payrise, but the ECJ said it was for national authorities to decide, in theabsence of EU law. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Staff entitled tp pay rises while on maternity leaveOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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