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EMCOR UK Introduces New Parental Leave Policy

EMCOR UK has introduced 26 weeks maternity leave on full pay, 6 weeks paternity leave on full pay, and several other innovative entitlements for employees with two years’ service following a revamp of its parental leave provision.

Developed by the company’s Gender Focus Group, the updated policy takes account of employee feedback, in line with EMCOR’s Creating Balance programme for a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Key features of EMCOR UK’s Parental Leave Policy

Maternity Pay including adoptive mothers – 26 weeks’ full pay, plus 13 weeks’ statutory maternity pay and 13 weeks’ unpaid leave

Paternity Pay including adoptive fathers – 6 weeks’ full pay (4 weeks of those to be taken in the first year of the child’s life)

Pregnancy Loss – 2 weeks’ paid leave for both parents for the loss of a baby (including termination)

IVF Flexible Working – Accommodate flexible working requests for parents undergoing IVF treatment so that annual leave does not need to be used for this purpose

Dad Pad – Paid access to the Dad Pad online support networks for new fathers.

Bereavement Leave – 2 weeks’ paid leave for loss of immediate family members

Maria de Cabo Ramos, Chair of the EMCOR UK Gender Focus Group, comments: “As a group we were passionate about developing a new parental leave policy that was one of the best in our industry and that was inclusive and supportive for all parents and the different aspects of parenthood.

“It was an amazing team effort where we all worked together to achieve our goal and we were absolutely thrilled when our proposals were approved by the executive leadership team.”

Dylan Wickenden, EMCOR UK’s Executive Director of Human Resources, adds: “Our purpose is to create a better world at work and this includes supporting all parents in the workplace and ensuring that we have a market leading policy in place. We recognise the importance of successful work life balance and creating an environment where our employees can manage successfully their parental and professional responsibilities. The Gender Focus Group did an excellent job to make EMCOR UK a better place to work for all future parents.”

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