THE WHAT? Fashion retailer ASOS has introduced new policies that include paid leave for staff who have experienced pregnancy loss or are undergoing fertility treatments, as well as flexible working for those going through menopause.
THE DETAILS The new policies come into force this week, with the retailer looking to support employees who are ‘going through health-related life events.”
Employees experiencing pregnancy loss, including miscarriages and abortions, will be able to take 10 days leave. The policy also applies to the partners of those pregnant and surrogate pregnancies.
The policy framework also includes paid leave for health issues such as cancer treatment and gender reassignment surgery, while ASOS will also pay up to six weeks paid leave for those fleeing domestic abuse situations.
THE WHY? The new policy follows the likes of Monzo bank, which announced paid leave for those affected by pregnancy loss earlier this year.
ASOS Chief Executive Officer Nick Beighton said, “All of us face unexpected challenges in life, and sometimes these can create very difficult circumstances which mean we need to step away from or change how we work.
“We’ve launched these new policies to reassure all Asosers that they will continue to be supported, personally and financially, throughout those difficult times. We’re here, no matter what it is and every step of the way.”