Contractual workers entitled Child Care Leave: Uttarakhand HC Full Bench [Read Judgment]

Ideally, child care leave can be given to both parents, father and mother, as the actual 'beneficiary' here is the child, the Court added.
Contractual workers entitled Child Care Leave: Uttarakhand HC Full Bench [Read Judgment]

A Full Bench of the Uttarakhand High Court has re-affirmed that government employees appointed on contract cannot be denied maternity or child care leave (CCL) only on account of their being contractual workers, as opposed to regular employees (Smt. Tanuja Tolia v. State of Uttarakhand and ors).

However, since the State-specified period of 730 days child care leave may exceed the term of the worker's contract, the Court added that contractual workers employed for a shorter term of 1 year can only avail 31 days child care leave. This is on par with the number of "earned" or "paid" leaves available to government employees as per the directives issued by the Uttarakhand Government.

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