This policy is provided to ensure that curates have the same rights as pregnant women in secular employment and are not disadvantaged:
- Paid time off for ante natal appointments
- Maternity leave
- Maternity pay / allowance
- Protection against unfair treatment / discrimination / dismissal
Specific to the training curate:
- Opportunity to complete their curacy - extension of training up to one year
- Opportunity to prepare for their end of curacy assessment
- Flexibility to find their next post within the bounds of the extra year
Maternity/Adoption leave and pay
The Diocese of Guildford will follow the NCIs Family Friendly Policies document provided by the NCI which includes Parental Pay and Leave Advice
This policy applies to curates from the point or ordination, when they begin to receive a stipend i.e. normally 1st July in the appropriate year. Those who adopt a child/children are also eligible to have maternity leave and the same terms and conditions apply.
The curate may expect to remain living in the house provided for the full period of maternity leave. Council Tax will continue to be paid by the PCC for the duration of leave.
Male curates are entitled to the statutory 14 days' leave, subject to eligibility.
Shared Parental Leave and Pay
This provides parents with the opportunity to consider the best arrangements to enable them to care for their child/children during the child's first year. It enables eligible parents to share the responsibility of caring evenly, or allows one parent to take the main, caring role. This can be discussed with Gerardine Brown, HR Manager, Diocese of Guildford, as below.