The company has launched new paternity, fertility treatment and shared parental leave guidelines.
Mamas & Papas, the leading nursery brand and high street retailer, has increased paternity leave from two to four weeks at full salary, while colleagues undergoing fertility treatment will receive five paid days leave per cycle, throughout unlimited cycles. In the event of a pregnancy loss, the company will provide paid leave to impacted employees.
The company has just under 800 employees and is headquartered in Huddersfield. It operate over 30 stores across the UK. Maternity benefit is also getting an uplift with the firm supporting all new parents with six months (26 weeks) of enhanced maternity pay benefit, with the first 13 weeks at full pay and the second 13 weeks at half pay, inclusive of Statutory Maternity Pay.
Caroline Cording, Group Human Resources Director at Mamas & Papas, said: “Our People agenda serves to reinforce our commitment to our people. We are delighted to be in a position to introduce these enhanced benefits, which promote flexibility, security, a greater work life balance and support when it is needed the most.”
She added: “Over the past two years, our business has grown significantly, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. It’s clear this simply wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our store colleagues and head office teams. As we look to further expansion, this is about listening to our colleagues, acknowledging the invaluable role they play and rewarding their loyalty.”
The goal of the policies is to foster inclusivity and reward its workforce.
Managers will also receive additional and specific mental health training, providing support both externally via Employee Assistance Programmes and more personal internal occupational health support.
There will also be new commitments to flexible working for carers, colleagues who are fostering and an extra days’ holiday for those celebrating weddings and civil ceremonies.