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Zomato to offer 26 weeks paid parental leave to both women and men

Zomato to offer 26 weeks paid parental leave to both women and men

The policy will be rolled out across all of its offices globally

Online food delivery website Zomato has announced a new policy that will allow for a minimum of 26 weeks of paid parental leave that can be availed by both men and women.

The company policy is available to non-birthing parents as well as is the case with adoptions or surrogacies.

Also, the parents will be given a $1,000 endowment.

It will be rolled out for all employees across the 13 countries where Zomato has its offices and will also include those who have become parents in the last six months.

In those countries, where the law stipulates paid maternity or paternity leave over 26 weeks, Zomato will offer that to its employees as well.

The UAE labour law for the private sector currently stipulates 45 days of maternity leave. If the woman has completed one year of continuous employment, she is entitled to full pay during those 45 days, if not then she is entitled to half pay. There is no provision for paternity leave.

Read: Dubai’s DIFC enacts new employment law, introduces paternity leave

However, certain government bodies have implemented their own set of rules for parental leave.

In June, the Dubai International Financial Centre DIFC announced a new employment law introducing five days of paternity leave.

Read: Nestle Middle East extends maternity leave

Private companies the UAE like Nestle Middle East have also introduced significant revisions of their maternity policy. Last year, it announced that women employees will be entitled to a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave – up from eight weeks in the past.

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