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Balancing one-year contracts with pregnancy leave

What happens when an employee subject to one-year contracts requests pregancy leave?


The employee in this case had been working for the Community Justice Society in Nova Scotia on a one-year contract basis for two years. She asked for a meeting with the executive director because her contract was ending in a month’s time. She advised the executive director that she was three months pregnant but that she planned to continue with her work, apply for the next one-year contract, have her baby and return to work. According to the employee, she was offered a five-month contract extension only.

The society claimed that the employee did not get a contract renewal due to performance issues.  Her record showed that she had received a written reprimand, and a two-day suspension in 2010, but otherwise, her record was clear.

On Monday, April 8, 2013, the employee testified at a Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry. As at the date of writing, it would appear that the decision is still pending. The results will be very interesting for employers in Nova Scotia and elsewhere.

Amery Boyer
The Human Element, just a different way to manage

Amery Boyer

Amery Boyer, CHRP, MBA is a Human Resources professional with extensive experience in human resources, staffing and employee relations for both the private and public sectors and various levels of governments. She was a contributing editor of The Human Resources Advisor, Atlantic edition published by First Reference. Read more

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