Maternity leave added to Women's WorldTeam contracts in 2020

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)

The UCI will introduce a new maternity clause to its contracts between self-employed riders and Women’s WorldTeams, which will be the top-tier of teams racing on the Women's WorldTour in 2020. The teams will also be required to pay a minimum salary to their riders, which is set to start at a lower-than-expected €15,000 in the first year but gradually increase to equal the men’s Professional Continental Teams in 2023. The maternity leave clause, which is included in the self-employed standard contract, will allow for women to take three months leave while being entitled to 100 per cent of their salary, followed by an additional five months at 50 per cent of their salary. "This is just the basic right of every woman," said Iris Slappendel, executive director of The Cyclists' Alliance , a riders’ union that provides athletes with contract and educational support, career advice, and legal and retirement ...

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