Maternity leave good opportunity for talent development

European court decision around training, promotions should make employers think twice about writing off women on mat leave
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

When an employee goes on maternity leave, it’s generally assumed she’ll be — for the most part — out of touch with the office.

But that’s a difficult assumption to make, especially since the maternity leave experience can really differ from person to person, according to Jennifer Beeman, co-ordinator, women in employment, at CIAFT (the Council for Women’s Access to Work) in Montreal.

“Within the experience of maternity leaves, there can be women who discover, much to their surprise, that they want to slow down, they kind of go domestic. But there are other women who absolutely kind of go stir crazy — they want to get back to work as soon as they’re physically ready.”