The management of Access Bank Plc, has announced that its male workers will start getting paternity leave as from January 2018.
The bank while making the latest development known stated that the paternity leave will serve an advantage of an enhanced parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers.
The policy will offers male workers a paid leave according to a statement made to the public by the bank.
The statement, signed by Head, Group Human Resources, Bolaji Agbede, reads: “These benefits supplement the 12 weeks of paid leave Access Bank currently provides to birth mothers.
The policy also complements the Bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which support work-life balance.”
The statement further added: “Studies have shown that fathers who take paternity leave are more likely to take an active role in child care tasks and will continue to play this role long after the period of leave has ended.
“It is important for the new father to take time off, regardless of family structure. This new policy is an evidence of the bank’s support to employees during this wonderful but challenging time in their lives.”
She maintained: “Furthermore, a pregnant employee who has been in the bank’s employment for 12 consecutive months also has the option of six calendar months’ maternity leave with two-thirds of full month pay, while the surrogacy or adoptive leave period is three calendar months with full pay or six calendar months leave with two-thirds of full month pay.”