Access Bank introduces paternity leave for male employees

Access Bank Plc. has introduced one week fully paid paternity leave for its male employees.

This will allow the male bankers to spend some quality time with the new addition to their families while supporting the spouses who need the break.

the bank, in a statement announced that starting from January 2018, its male employees can take advantage of the enhanced new parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers and offers paid leave to all new parents at access bank, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.

The bank explained that the new policy, which is the first by a Nigerian bank, is aimed at fostering an inclusive workplace, adding that it includes surrogacy or adoptive leave with full pay for three calendar months for female employees in its employ.

These benefits, according to the bank, supplement the 12 weeks of paid leave it currently provides to birth mothers, adding that the policy also complements the bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which support work-life balance.

Commenting on the new policy, Head, Group Human Resources at Access Bank, Bolaji Agbede, explained that a pregnant employee who has been in the bank’s employment for 12 consecutive months also has the option of six calendar months maternity leave with two-thirds of full month pay,

The surrogacy or adoptive leave period is three calendar months with full pay or six calendar months leave with two-thirds of full month pay.

It will be recalled that Lagos State in 2014 approved a 10-day paternity leave for any male civil servant in the state whose wife delivers a new baby.

Similarly, in 2015, the Enugu State government announced the granting of three weeks paternity leave to male civil servants whose wives put to bed.

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