Liquor giant Diageo South Africa, a subsidiary of London-listed Diageo PLC has made known its new family leave policy.
The company has announced that it will provide fully paid 26 weeks of maternity and four weeks of paternity leave for all its employees.
The alcohol beverage giant disclosed that the move was arrived at in the spirit of National Women’s Month.
This information comes after Diageo, its parent company announced its new leave packages. The UK company now allows men and women 52 weeks parental leave, with the first 26-weeks fully paid.
The new leave policy will apply to both primary and secondary parents regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or whether they become parents biologically, via surrogacy or adopt.
“We want to equalize the parenting possibilities within work,” says corporate relations director at Diageo SA, Sibani Mngadi.
“We want Diageo to be a place that supports parents as they grow their families and we move away from the burden being one way or the other, and the financial and career concerns which have so dominated in the past.”
Currently, the South African law provides female employees four months of maternity leave. But the law does not dictate employers to give paid maternity leave. As for working dads, paternity leave of 10 days is guaranteed after the birth of their children.
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