Commercial motor insurance provider Zego has introduced paid leave for employees who suffer pregnancy loss. The policy, which covers both miscarriage and abortion, is open to both employees and their partners, including surrogate mothers, and provides two weeks paid leave to ensure that staff feel ready to return to work. It also includes additional paid leave for any subsequent medical care appointments.
In the UK, an estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. However, despite this, paid leave for the loss of a pregnancy before 24 weeks is not mandatory according to UK employment law. The decision to introduce such a policy is therefore at the discretion of a business. In Zego’s case, the introduction of such a policy is simply another step in its development of a highly diverse, inclusive and supportive working environment.
The insurtech already offers six months full pay for maternity leave for employees with one year’s service; six weeks leave at full pay for new fathers and same sex partners; and free coaching and therapy sessions for all employees throughout the year. Zego is also a key supporter of the LGBT insurance network LINK, and is set to sponsor the Pride event later this year.
Kingsley Macy, Chief People Officer at Zego, said: “We want to look after our employees in any way we can, and seek to continuously push for progress with our policies and benefits. When someone suffers such a loss, we believe they should not have to take sick days or unpaid leave to properly grieve and recover both physically and emotionally. We want to do what we can to support any staff members who find themselves in this situation.
“We introduced our paid leave for pregnancy loss policy a few weeks ago and are really pleased to be one of the first companies in the UK to do so. We have been working closely with our employees behind the scenes to ensure that they are up to speed on the policies we are offering. We also, more widely speaking, want to ensure Zego remains a highly diverse and supportive place to work, especially as we continue to grow.”