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Sapient India increases maternity, paternity leaves

Source | Times Of India

W DELHI: Sapient India said it has increased maternity leave for its women staff to 26 weeks while fathers can take paternity leave of 10 working days.

According to the revised policy, women will now be allowed to take 26 weeks of maternity leave which was earlier set at 12 weeks, a company release said.

The new policy will also allow new fathers to take paternity leave of 10 working days as against of 5 days, it added.

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In addition, both the mother and father will be allowed to avail work-from-home and flexible/part-time working options, to ease their transition back to work after the leave period.

 “Besides the industry leading maternity and paternity leaves, what makes this programme unique is our integration and return back programme,” Sapient India vice president, people strategy, Kameshwari Rao said.

Through this initiative, expecting women will be assigned an office buddy to help them handover their work and on their return, go through an orientation programme to acclimate them back into the work environment.

“Sapient’s focus and commitment on diversity and inclusion has helped the company in retaining talent and building great leaders. The new parental programme will provide greater flexibility to our people, to balance both work and family,” Rao added.

The company has also launched an “All About You!” tool and mobile app to enable parents-to-be with an efficient online system that helps in documentation and keeps them updated on the educational sessions etc.

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