Greene King launches new maternity leave policy
The policy entitles salaried team members to 26 weeks of full pay plus 13 weeks of statutory maternity pay. Hourly team members are entitled to 13 weeks full pay, 13 weeks half pay plus 13 weeks statutory pay.
The aim is to support women on maternity leave at a time when the cost of living crisis is beginning to weigh on family budgets.
Greene Sky, the company’s employee-led inclusion group, played a key role in the design and development of the new policy. By conducting listening groups with team members, they raised concerns about the support available and the impact on careers that maternity leave can have.
The company also offers women full support from the announcement of their pregnancy until their return to work.
Andrew Bush, Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Transformation at Greene King, said: “Our research showed that in 2020 only 53% of women returned to work for us after maternity leave.
“This striking figure made it clear to us that we need to update our policy so that women feel supported to be able to confidently choose the right time to start a family and to feel that they can return to work at the right time for them, without feeling financially constrained to return.
“We continue our journey of inclusion on a daily basis, where we want to demonstrate that the contribution of each person is valued, and the new maternity leave policy and support program is a huge step forward and is now one of the strongest policies on the market.”
Line managers will receive guidance on how they can support team members before, during and after maternity leave, as they are often one of the first people outside the family who will be taught when someone is expecting a baby.
Team members will also be able to make their return to work more flexible during the first eight weeks to ease the transition to working life, as well as the possibility of accessing additional financial support.
Greene King Chief Strategy Officer Rachel Pescod said: “Greene King’s new maternity policy will allow me to spend the important first months with my new baby and return to work at the right time for me and my family. It takes some financial stress out of the middle of a cost of living crisis and it makes me proud to work for a company that cares about its team members.”