- Apprentice Lawyer
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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