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Issue 496, 23 February 2004
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Up to three years off with new flexible HR policy

A new work-life balance policy that introduces an unpaid career break of up to three years and the possibility for all staff to work flexibly has been ratified by the University. There are also updated and more flexible maternity, paternity, parental and adoption arrangements.

The career break policy recognises that some staff may need to take a break from work during their career and will give an unpaid period of a minimum of three months up to a maximum of three years subject to agreement by the head of school/service. On return, staff are guaranteed a comparable post at the same level to the one they held before the break.

All staff can now apply to work flexibly to gain a better balance between work and home commitments. The policy outlines a number of options but recognises that not all arrangements are suitable for everyone and that no one has the automatic right to work in this way.

Linda Mortimer Pine, deputy director of HR, said: “The University invests heavily in staff development and training. It is important that we have policies in place to retain our highly trained and skilled members of staff by providing a supportive and flexible working environment.”

Download the work life balance policy document

Departments working towards the Investors In People standard can get increased help from the Staff and Departmental Development Unit. SDDU offers diagnosis, support in implementation and assessment support.

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