A HUDDERSFIELD organisation has been praised for the way it handles pregnancy issues.
West Yorkshire Housing Association's policies have been said to be good practice in every element of `managing pregnancy in the workplace', said the Equal Opportunities Commission.
At a special conference this month the commission highlighted the association's policy of periodically looking at all of the jobs in the organisation and identifying which would need a replacement if an employee becomes pregnant, is off on long-term sick leave or absent for a long period.
When a member of staff says she is pregnant she has a meeting with her line manager to organise a confidential risk assessment and discuss how to manage the period leading up to maternity leave.
In some cases, pregnant women have been allowed to work more flexibly than is strictly allowed under the flexible working policy.
The company also operates a `wind down' period leading up to maternity leave.
During maternity leave the employee can decide how she would like to keep in touch with the organisation.
Choices include receiving the staff newsletter, receiving minutes from meetings or going into work to attend particular meetings.
On returning to work, the employee has an induction session, which will tell her of changes that have taken place, any training needs and discuss new working patterns, if they have changed.
These are reviewed after three months.
The association's chief executive, Mr Solo, said: "It is important to us that we operate fair employee relations policies.
"So it is particularly pleasing when our practice is highlighted and complimented by such a body as the Equal Opportunities Commission."