Doing the right thing is one of our core values, and we’ve been taking steps to become a fully inclusive place to work by updating our policies to reflect this. One such recent update has been our new parental leave policies.
At Hallam, we truly believe everyone should have the opportunity to be happy at work. After all, work should exist to make home life better, not the other way round. That’s why we’re big on changing and adapting our policies to suit our employees and the wider world we live in, and work hard to ensure we offer a range of great benefits, regardless of who you are or where you’re based.
Alongside our new Miscarriage Policy, we’ve created a new and improved parental leave policy that offers more equality and entitles both mums and dads the same amount of leave, no matter how you choose to have a family.
So, what policy updates have we made?
We value families and understand how special and important the first few months spent with your child are. We also believe that fathers have just as much right to fully experience this time as mothers do.
And with that in mind, we’ve updated our policies for new parents to include the following:
- 8 weeks fully paid parental leave – irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, geographic location, position within the company, family structure or length of service, all employees are entitled to equal leave
- Leave can be taken within the first year following the child’s birth or adoption
- Unlimited, paid leave for prenatal and any medical appointments relating to a pregnancy, or appointments related to the adoption process – parents having a child through surrogacy are entitled to this too.
- Flexible return to work options – this can include things like as reduced hours, and are at the discretion of individual managers and teams
- After the 8 weeks of full pay, you will then receive 50% of your normal salary for the next 10 weeks.
Following the initial 18 weeks, pay will then revert to the same level as Statutory Maternity Pay – £151.97 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) – for 21 weeks.
If employees choose to extend their leave to a maximum of 12 months or a total of 52 weeks, they are welcome to, but this will be unpaid. This is in line with government guidance.
If you want to speak to us about our parental leave policies, or are looking for guidance implementing something similar for your business, get in touch with us now, we’d be happy to help.