Energy management and automation business Schneider Electric has enhanced its family leave benefits for more than 3,500 employees acoss the UK and Ireland in recognition of the evolving needs of its workforce and the importance of work-life balance.
The changes came into effect for all employees, including those already taking leave, this month. These include extending fully paid maternity, adoption and shared parental leave to 26 weeks, four weeks of paternity leave and adoption for secondary carers at full pay, two weeks of carer leave, known as force majeure and urgent short-term care leave in Ireland, at full pay, and two weeks of bereavement leave at full pay.
According to the organisation, these changes reflect a wider policy to provide a more inclusive, stable and supportive environment for employees.
In addition, Schneider Electric will hold its first Volunteering Day in the UK and Ireland on 14 July as part of its role as an impact company and its commitment to give back 5,000 volunteering hours in 2023. All employees have been given the opportunity to participate, supporting projects on biodiversity and environmental improvements in their communities nationwide.
Kelly Becker, zone president UK and Ireland for Schneider Electric, said: “Our ambition is to be the most caring and inclusive employer in the world. Our employees need this support most when they’re experiencing some of life’s most challenging moments, from welcoming a new member of the family to caring for loved ones.
“Providing these industry-leading benefits differentiates us as an employer of choice at a time when we know employees are appreciating the benefits of flexible work like never before. The introduction of our new family leave approach is another milestone on our journey towards building a culture founded on inclusivity that puts people first. Just as we reward our employees for contributing to Schneider’s successful business, we also welcome the opportunity to give back to the communities where we operate.”