Vodafone Romania is happy to announce the introduction of 16 weeks long, fully paid parental leaves. The new policy is available since April 1, 2020 and addresses all employees who are becoming biological fathers, as well as all employees becoming adoptive parents, regardless of the number of children they may have.
Starting April 1, 2020, Vodafone Romania introduced a new HR policy for the entire company, dedicated to the employees who are becoming biological fathers or adoptive parents. This entails the right to parental leaves of up to 16 weeks, fully paid by the organization*, followed by a phased return to work, to ensure that the new parents can spend more time with their families. Hence, at the end of the parental leave, employees can choose a 30 hours/week work schdule, for up to 6 months, while keeping a full time salary, according to the employment contracts they have in force.
“This is a very important step for Vodafone Romania and we are making it with great happiness and confidence, as we want to support our employees and their families. Our aim is to connect the society for a better future and this starts right from within, from the core of our team. The arrival of a child in the family is a special moment, one that we wish every Vodafone employee – whether being mother or father – can relish, without carrying their careers’ or salaries’ burden. Moreover, when it comes to benefits and career opportunities, we strongly believe in a well-balanced environment for all employees, which is why we’ll continue to offer internal policies, programs and projects catered to the development and wellbeing of the Vodafone Romania team,” said Anca Marcu, HR Director Vodafone Romania.
The new HR policy will be introduced by the Vodafone Group globally, in all its 22 operating markets, between April 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2021. At group’s level, the new parental leave policy extends to any employee whose partner is having a baby, who is becoming parents through adoption or through surrogacy, subject to each Vodafone market’s legislative framework.