The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has turn into the newest British enterprise, and the primary main retailer, to equalise the parental go away it presents workers.
The worker-owned retailer, which encompasses John Lewis and Waitrose, will supply all of its 80,000-strong workforce six months’ paid parental go away, in a transfer welcomed by equality campaigners who argued the federal government’s present shared parental go away scheme is “failing”.
Employees, referred to as companions, will even be provided two weeks’ paid go away in the event that they expertise the lack of a being pregnant, following different companies equivalent to Monzo, Abel & Cole and Channel 4 which not too long ago introduced comparable insurance policies.
Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White, stated the measures have been a part of a package deal to enhance equality within the enterprise. “We would like John Lewis and Waitrose to be a spot for everybody and for individuals from all walks of life to really feel valued to allow them to thrive in our enterprise,” she stated.
“We need to be there for our companions to assist them in essential life moments, whether or not that’s entering into the world of labor for the primary time, or changing into a dad or mum,” she added.
The equalised go away will come into place this autumn for employees who’ve been working on the firm for a yr. It should give companions 26 weeks of paid go away, with 14 at full pay and 12 at half pay.
The corporate additionally introduced insurance policies to advertise variety within the workforce and stated all future job vacancies can be marketed as versatile. Workplace-based workers can be given the choice of “blended” working this month, with the power to decide on when to separate time between work and residential.
The transfer comes regardless of a troublesome yr for John Lewis, which reported its first-ever full-year loss in March and confirmed plans to completely shut eight extra shops, with the potential lack of virtually 1,500 jobs.
Adrienne Burgess, joint chief govt of the Fatherhood Institute, a thinktank, stated: “It’s nice to see John Lewis becoming a member of the ranks of high employers giving every new mom and father particular person entitlement to well-paid go away for parenting. Prime employers like John Lewis are leapfrogging the federal government’s failing shared parental go away system to offer households what they really need and wish.”