Zomato introduces gender neutral 26-week ‘Parental Leave’ for both mothers and fathers

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Popular food delivery chain, Zomato has introduced a 26-week parental leave for all employees, not just for women but also the men. It is often that only the women have to give up their careers after pregnancy, however, this move will be seen as highly progressive, making both mothers and fathers share equal responsibility at work as well as home.
Sharing this piece of news, Deepinder Goyal, Founder-Zomato, tweeted how the organisation strived towards achieving a healthy family life for both parents, while focusing on their careers and professional aspirations.

“People produce their best work when their personal and professional goals meaningfully intersect and align. The lack of universal paid parental leave currently makes it complicated for many parents to effectively lead a healthy family life, and focus on their careers.”

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“We firmly believe that young parents should be able to make a choice of how to care for their children. So, today, we are introducing a new parental leave policy () at Zomato. 26 weeks paid leave for both men and women”

“This also applies to non-birthing parents and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners. Also, the new parents will be given a bonus of $1000 per child. These changes are applicable to even those Zomans who have had a child in the last 6 months.”

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“We also wish that governments across the world institutionalised paid parental leave (the way Nordic countries do) – that will be the right thing to do for organisations as well as individuals”

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“We firmly believe that a myopic view of primary care-giving not only alienates one half of our workforce, but also creates circumstances that lead to fewer female leaders within organisations, the community and the nation.”

“It takes a village to raise a child. And while a village is ideal, a world where both parents are allowed to assume equal responsibility is a fair start. We’ll never have truly gender-neutral organisations unless we have gender-neutral communities & gender-neutral nations.”

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Zomato Parental Leave Policy

  • As per the new policy, for women at Zomato across the globe (the company has in 13 countries), they will offer 26 weeks paid leave or will follow the government mandated policy, whichever is more
  • The exact same benefits will be offered to the men at the workplace.
  • This policy also applies to non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners
  • Further, Goyal said a new member of the family can also be financially straining for the young family
  • Apart from that, Zomato will give $1,000 per child as an endowment to the new parents
  • These policy changes are applicable to even those employees who have had a child within the last six months
Times of India – March 2017

Maternity Leave Policy – India

  • Maternity leave of 26 weeks is mandatory as per Indian laws across organisations in India
  • However, there is no such rule for paternity leave in the country
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Couple of weeks ago, alcoholic beverage maker Diageo announced a new family leave policy for employees across its business. The company will offer 26 weeks of maternity leave and 4 weeks of paternity leave. The company also said that a significant number of Diageo’s businesses will move to 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave.

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In December 2016, Deutsche Bank (DB) was one of the first private organisations in India to have delinked parental leave from gender. The bank offered the same quantum of childcare leave, which is maternity leave of 6 months in India to men as well, if they happen to be primary caregivers.

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