Maternity, Paternity & Adoption Leave

Chris Wade made this Freedom of Information request to Department for International Development

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Dear FOI officer,

I should like to request the following information:

1) With respect to the Department’s terms and conditions of employment, the current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave

2) Any prior policy pertaining to public and privilege holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave

3) The date the previous policy was amended to the current policy

4) Any internal correspondence and documents relating to an amendment to this policy - in particular any correspondence providing an explanation for changing policy (e.g. Bulletin 42, issued by the Cabinet Office in September 2011 http://bit.ly/163hSMt )

I should prefer to receive these in electronic format at this email address.

It would be helpful if you were to provide any brief notes which might be necessary to understand the context of the information provided, although I recognise that you are not obliged to do this.

If for any reason you feel this request is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact me at this email address. If you are not the appropriate authority for this request, or for part of it, please let me know as soon as is convenient.

Could you please let me know if you are able to provide this information for the agencies and public bodies the Department works with, or whether I should submit requests to them directly.

If the information requested contains sections of confidential information, please blank out or remove these sections, and mark clearly that they have been removed.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Wade

Department for International Development

Dear Mr Wade

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 22 March
2013. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible and within
20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests on our
website at www.dfid.uk.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-097.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Openness Unit

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DFID London – now at 22 Whitehall, SW1A 2EG

Department for International Development

1 Attachment

Dear Chris Wade

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-097. For ease of reference I have replicated our response
below.

Dear Chris Wade,

Freedom of Information Request F2013-097

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 21 March 2013 in
which you asked for the following information:

“I should like to request the following information:

1. With respect to the Department’s terms and conditions of employment,
the current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays that fall
during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

2. Any prior policy pertaining to public and privilege holidays that fall
during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

3. The date the previous policy was amended to the current policy.

4. Any internal correspondence and documents relating to an amendment to
this policy – in particular any correspondence providing an explanation
for changing policy (e.g. Bulletin 42, issued by the Cabinet Office in
September 2011 http.//bit.ly/163hSMt).

Could you please let me know if you are able to provide this information
for the agencies and public bodies the Department works with, or whether I
should submit requests to them directly.”

DFID holds some information relevant to the first question of your
request.

Maternity Leave: DFID staff will continue to accrue their contractual
annual leave entitlement throughout their 52 weeks’ maternity leave; this
includes public and privilege holidays.

Adoption Leave: The same as maternity leave.

Paternity Leave: Any public or privilege holidays that fall within the
period of paternity leave do not count as paternity leave, with the effect
that those days affected can be taken as paternity leave at a later date.

DFID does not hold any further information relevant to the remainder of
your request.

DFID has two Non-departmental Public Bodies and their contact details are
in the following links:

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC): http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI):
http://icai.independent.gov.uk

Please note that the ICAI is not a public authority under the Freedom of
Information of Act 2000 and is not therefore bound to consider requests
for information under the terms of the Act. The ICAI may be able to
consider a request for information outside the terms of the Act. The CSC
is a public authority under the Act. DFID does not hold information
relevant to your request with respect to these bodies.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number F2013-097.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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