So SQF says the SQF practitioner must be employed by the site as a full time employee, hold a position of responsibility to manage the food safety systems.
My question is, if i'm the QA Manager/SQF practitioner and I get pregnant anytime soon, what will be the company's options?
a. Do we hire interim QA Manager/SQF practitioner on contract to replace me? will this violate the "full-time employee" clause in SQF?
b. Can management assign the SQF practitioner role to another QA staff member, who has necessary training, knowledge and skill?
I know, this should be HR thing, but we are a small company with limited resources especially manpower. In this country maternity leave can be up to 1 year, depending on what you want and if you can afford to only have % of your income. I'm also a bit skeptic as this will halt my career, I haven't been in the company that long and you know, people can say something.
I wanted to plan ahead so I know what to do and what to recommend to my superiors/owners if this should happen.
Do you have any experience on this? especially women in this industry? If so what did you do and what did your company do?