Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vodafone Gives Birth to New Maternity Leave Extension Rules

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vodafone Gives Birth to New Maternity Leave Extension Rules

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Byline: Lucy Tobin

VODAFONE today became one of the first companies in the world to offer all female staff at least four months' maternity leave, whatever the local legal requirements.

The British telecoms giant said that by the end of this year, the 31,900 women it employs in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US will be offered at least 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, as well as receiving full pay for a 30-hour week for the first six months after their return to work.

The move will particularly impact some 1000 female employees at Vodafone who live in countries that pay little or no statutory maternity care.

Even in the UK, where Vodafone employs more than 8000 people, legal requirements only demand firms pay staff 90% of their average weekly earnings for the first six weeks of maternity leave, followed by a maximum PS138.18 weekly payment for the next 33 weeks.

Vodafone claimed the United Nations was one of very few organisations to already offer women the kind of pay deal it's now providing. …

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