Decision - Premature Baby Leave

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Premature Baby Leave

Decision Maker: Policy, Resources & Growth Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The council has been asked by Councillor Hamilton to introduce a policy to support employees who have premature babies. The enclosed will act as an amendment to the Maternity Leave policy, and will in essence give employees of premature births additional leave at full pay equal to the time between the Birth Date and the Due Date. This is to ensure certain developmental markers are reached by the time the parents are required to return to work under the councils maternity policy.




(i)            That Brighton & Hove City Council adopts the premature births leave policy, i.e. that an employee is given an additional days leave for every day that a premature baby is born prior to its due date.


(ii)          That the council also adopts the ACAS guidance, with regard to supporting employees to attend medical appointments upon their return to work after having a premature baby.


(iii)         That on adoption of this policy the council should seek to be accredited to the Employer with a heart Chartermark awarded by The Smallest Things campaign.


(iv)         That schools be allowed to adopt this policy locally as they see fit, with a view to recommending schools adopt this policy within a reasonable timeframe.


Report author: Matt Naish

Publication date: 11/07/2019

Date of decision: 11/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/07/2019 - Policy, Resources & Growth Committee

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