The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has become the latest British business to offer employees paid leave if they are dealing with pregnancy loss, and has also equalised the time off it offers new parents.
The owner of Waitrose and John Lewis announced on Thursday that it is introducing 26 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave, saying it is the first UK retailer to offer equal parental leave.
Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White, said: “As an employee-owned business, equality matters to us. We want John Lewis and Waitrose to be a place for everyone and for people from all walks of life to feel valued so they can thrive in our business.”
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“We want to be there for our partners to support them in important life moments, whether that’s stepping into the world of work for the first time, or becoming a parent,” she added.
The equal parental pay and leave policy will come in this Autumn and will give employees 26 weeks of paid leave, with 14 at full pay and 12 at half pay. Staff need to have…