Men, adoptive and foster parents benefit from F

Friday, July 12, 2019

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FLOW Jamaica recently launched a new parental leave policy, which enhances its previous maternity leave benefit and adds a provision for birth partners, adoptive and foster parents.

The new policy, which took effect across the Liberty Latin America (LLA) Group on June 1, provides 16 weeks of paid leave for birth mothers, and eight weeks of paid leave for birth partners, adoptive and foster parents as well as any team member who becomes a parent via surrogacy.

“Evolving our parental leave policy, quite simply, is the right thing to do,” said Kerry Scott, chief people officer, Liberty Latin America. “We recognise that diversity drives success, and family dynamics and structures have changed. Our new policy demonstrates our commitment to a culture of diversity and inclusion and one that puts our people at the heart of our success.”

Flow Jamaica's Country Manager Stephen Price expressed pride in the transformational initiative. “This is a defining moment for our entire Jamaica family. The conventional family construct has evolved and as a progressive employer, we are ensuring that we further support our team members and help to facilitate these moments that matter for them and their families,” he said.

“The initial months are critical and having your partner with you makes a world of difference. Our families provide balance and support daily and this policy further underscores who we are as an employer and the commitment we are making to our team members and the well-being of their families,” Price added.

Several of the company's team members are already benefiting from the new policy, including those who were on maternity leave as at the effective date.

“Oh, I absolutely love it,” said Latoy Lawrence, regional marketing manager who gave birth to twin boys in March. “As a new parent, I found it very timely. Spending more time with them and getting a chance to contribute to their early development means a lot to for me. I only wish my husband worked at Flow as well…that way, we could both be at home longer.”

Flow's expectant and new fathers have also happily welcomed the provision that allows the eight weeks of parental leave to be accessed at any time during the first 12 months following birth of the child. The provision means that the partner can take his/her parental leave after the birthing parent has completed maternity leave and returned to work, therefore the new baby has the care of a parent for an extended period.

Flow Jamaica also has a homework centre at its corporate head office for children of employees and, more recently, the company joined other global entities in support of the United Nation's Women's initiative committing to support the Women's Empowerment Principles, which promotes a multi-stakeholder approach to gender equality at the workplace.




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