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Car allowance during maternity leave

Hi all,

Does anyone know if you are entitled to the monthly car allowance you get according to your employment contract when on maternity leave?
Or is that suspended for the period?

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Re: Car allowance during maternity leave

How should I know what is written in your contract?
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Re: Car allowance during maternity leave

Are you asking if you are entitled to a monthly car allowance when you aren't performing any function for the company?

Unless you work for the nicest company in the world, I would assume not.
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Re: Car allowance during maternity leave

It should be mentioned in the company car policy.
If not, you'll need to check with HR department of your employer.
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Re: Car allowance during maternity leave

Apologies for not being clear...

My employment contract says I can either opt for a company car leased by the company or a car allowance for a private car lease as part of my salary package.

When opting for a company car, in our company, you can still use the car when on leave as the contract continues during your absence (we had such a case with someone being on long term sick leave).
Not sure if this is just a kind gesture or if you are legally entitled to it as it is part of your salary package according to your employment contract.

In my case, I opted for the car allowance for a private car lease and the contract obviously continues during my absence, so not sure if entitlement to it is similar as for a company car or if there is anything legally foreseen for fringe benefits as part of the salary package during absence.

Just for your background, in my company the majority of employees are men and I am the first woman to be pregnant since the company moved to Switzerland years ago so HR has not been very helpful to date.
Also, nothing is mentioned in this respect in the car policy when it comes to being absent for whatever reason. The car policy just has the bare minimum on the type of cars, allowance per level, what to do with the car and what not, etc.

Hope this explains it better.

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Re: Car allowance during maternity leave

With a leased car, the company has to pay if you use it or not, so there is no benefit in them telling you can't use it!

I doubt they will think they should pay you the allowance.

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Apologies for not being clear...

My employment contract says I can either opt for a company car leased by the company or a car allowance for a private car lease as part of my salary package.

When opting for a company car, in our company, you can still use the car when on leave as the contract continues during your absence (we had such a case with someone being on long term sick leave).
Not sure if this is just a kind gesture or if you are legally entitled to it as it is part of your salary package according to your employment contract.

In my case, I opted for the car allowance for a private car lease and the contract obviously continues during my absence, so not sure if entitlement to it is similar as for a company car or if there is anything legally foreseen for fringe benefits as part of the salary package during absence.

Just for your background, in my company the majority of employees are men and I am the first women to be pregnant since the company moved to Switzerland years ago so HR has not been very helpful to date.
Also, nothing is mentioned in this respect in the car policy when it comes to being absent for whatever reason. The car policy just has the bare minimum on the type of cars, allowance per level, what to do with the car and what not, etc.

Hope this explains it better.
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Not sure if this is just a kind gesture or if you are legally entitled to it as it is part of your salary package according to your employment contract.

In my case, I opted for the car allowance for a private car lease and the contract obviously continues during my absence, so not sure if entitlement to it is similar as for a company car or if there is anything legally foreseen for fringe benefits as part of the salary package during absence.
Neither private nor company car lease stop during your absence, so my guess is you're entitled to the payments during your absence.
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Neither private nor company car lease stop during your absence, so my guess is you're entitled to the payments during your absence.
I don't believe the company thought they were indemnifying the OP should the decide to lease a car. The OP had a choice, made an informed decision, I cant see any 'entitlement' at all.
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