Staff shortage no base for denying child care leave

HC: Staff shortage no base for denying child care leave

Haryana high court has held that a woman employee can't be denied leave if shortage of staff in the department is due to government's fault. The order is significant for cases related to the entitlement of child care leave (CCL) to women employees.

The HC passed these orders on a plea filed by a government doctor in Haryana who was denied CCL on the grounds of insufficient number of medical specialists in the health department. Court found that the government was at fault in failing to fill up vacancies of medical specialists and the employees cannot suffer for it.

Justice Amol Rattan Singh passed these orders while allowing a petition filed by Dr Kanchan Bala -a medical specialist posted at Jagadhari in Yamunanagar district. In her plea, the petitioner had stated that she was not granted CCL at a time her daughter was in Class XII, a crucial period, and below 18 years of age.

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