Lidl doubles enhanced maternity pay

Lidl has announced a range of family friendly policies, including the doubling of enhanced maternity pay.

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Lidl GB has become the first supermarket to introduce 28 weeks full pay for employees on maternity or adoption leave.

From 1st January 2024, enhanced maternity and adoption leave will rise from 14 to 28 weeks.It hopes this will set a new benchmark for others in the industry to follow.

Lidl says it will also be introducing paid leave for those undergoing fertility treatment. This will entitle employees undergoing the treatment to two full days of paid leave per treatment cycle, with no limit to the number of cycles an employee can get paid leave for. And it announced five days of paid leave for anyone affected by pregnancy loss prior to 24 weeks, inclusive of partners as well as the expansion of its Compassionate Leave policy, increasing paid leave to five days.

Stephanie Rogers, Chief Human Resources Officer at Lidl GB, said:”We’re deeply committed to supporting our colleagues, not just in their professional lives but also through personal milestones and challenges. Over the past year, we’ve engaged closely with colleagues to see how we can better support those who are balancing work and family life. Whilst there is always more to be done, these latest enhancements to our Family Leave policies show our dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace and reinforce our ambition to be a first-choice employer.”

Lidl is also in the process of becoming accredited as a menopause friendly employer, following the introduction of various measures, including menopause champions across the business and a menopause community group to support colleagues affected by menopause symptoms.



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