People going through key life stages - such as carers and parents with premature children - will be supported by Vodafone's new employee policies.
- New policies will offer additional support for Vodafone UK employees to help them through key life stages.
- Support for those who experience Pregnancy Loss will be extended to offer two weeks of paid leave, when the loss occurs before the 24th week of pregnancy.
- Parents whose baby is born prematurely will also benefit from new changes which will offer them the option to delay the start of their Maternity, Paternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave until the baby is discharged from hospital.
- Carer’s Leave will introduce 18 weeks of leave, the first of which will be fully paid, for any employee looking after loved ones who are elderly, disabled or seriously ill.
- Free access to a Care Concierge Service will give assistance and support to carers with elderly caring responsibilities.
Vodafone has announced policy changes to support employees further in the UK through key life stages. The new commitments, announced today, have been brought in to ensure greater support for carers and parents and include added assistance, more flexibility, and extended paid and unpaid leave.
To bolster its existing offering for employees who look after loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill, Vodafone’s new Carer’s Leave will offer 18 weeks’ leave per dependent adult*, the first week of which will be fully paid. This mirrors the company’s Parental Leave Policy which offers the same benefit for those caring for a child, up to the point they turn 18, with a maximum of four weeks’ leave to be taken in any one year. With 6,000 people becoming carers in the UK every day, this type of additional support is increasingly needed.
Vodafone has also introduced free access to Legal & General’s Care Concierge Service, providing support and assistance to employees who find themselves balancing elderly caring responsibilities with employment, often in addition to other commitments.