Bumble introduces new paid leave policies

Dating app Bumble has announced it will give all of its employees a minimum of six months’ paid leave for the birth, adoption or surrogacy of a child.

Workers will be able to take at least 12 weeks’ leave a year to take care of a family member and caregivers will have a minimum of four weeks’ flexible working to transition back into work.

Victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes will also be able to take at least 20 days of paid leave. Following a miscarriage, employees will be allowed a minimum of 15 days’ paid compassionate leave.

Additionally, the company-wide week off that Bumble implemented in June will become a permanent staff benefit. This will enable all 700 employees to have the same two weeks’ paid holiday each year, as well as unlimited paid holiday days with uniform minimums.

Not all employees will be required to go back to full-time working in the office after operating remotely during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, but they are expected to work in the countries in which they are employed. In addition, the company will be providing access to co-working spaces for those with unsuitable living arrangements for remote working.

According to the business, when it shuts down for the two weeks’ paid holiday, some staff across its offices in Austin, US; Barcelona, Spain; London, UK and Moscow, Russia will still work in case any of the app’s users experience issues.

Tariq Shaukat, president of Bumble, explained that it had become “increasingly clear that the way that we work, and need to work, has changed and our new policies are a reflection of what really matters and how we can best support our teams in both their work and life”.