Accenture Introduces New Parental Policies: 22 Weeks of Adoption and Surrogacy Leave

By Published February 9, 2017

In another bold step towards revamping its parental leave policy, Accenture India has extended its adoption leave policies to 22 weeks of paid sabbatical from the current eight weeks, thus making it one of the first companies in India to equate adoption and surrogacy leave to maternity leave practices.

The new policy means that all types of new mothers—whether biological or adoptive ones, will now be treated equally. Applicable with immediate effect, all new mothers, (part-time or full-time), the policy will offer 22 weeks (5 months) of paid leave which is significantly more than the present statutory requirement of three months.

The overall adoption and surrogacy leave benefits of will also include three months of unpaid leaves, to cater to the new demands of the new member in the family. They will also be given access to several resources such as discounted childcare services, interactive parenting workshops, employee assistance programmes, and pre- and post-maternity counselling sessions.

Parag Pande, HR lead for India and global lead for learning and talent development operations at Accenture, said that as an organization Accenture aims at becoming the most inclusive and diverse in nature.

Last year the company extended its maternal leave policies to five months that helped in the retention of women employees to a great extent. This year, they have continued similar policies to adoption and surrogacy leave accomplishments as well—therefore attaching another feather to their parental leave policies.

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