Birth of a child comes with immense responsibility on the shoulders of parents. It becomes more difficult for women who are working outdoor, so the organizations in India allow mothers to avail their maternity leave of 3-6 months. But this law has been applied to the mothers only and company allow only women to take maternity leave. There is nothing like paternity in our country. Till date, no organization introduced paternity leave which allows men to take a break to take care of his child.
But, now as an innovative step, online food app Zomato India are letting dads of their company to take paternity leave to enjoy the initial days of their newborn.
Deepinder Goyal, Founder of Zomato wrote in his blog, “For women across the globe (we have teams in 13 countries as we speak), we will be offering 26 weeks paid leave or will follow the government mandated policy, whichever is more. We will be offering exactly the same benefits to men as well. There won’t be even an iota of difference in parental leave policy for men and women at Zomato going forward.”
“This policy also applies to non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners,” Goyal added. He also mentioned that the new parents will be given an endowment of $1000 (Rs. 70,000). Since the news broke on internet, twitter users are showering praises on him for this move.
Deepinder Goyal also tweeted: We firmly believe that young parents should be able to make a choice of how to care for their children. So, today, we are introducing a new parental leave policy (https://www.zomato.com/blog/parental-leave-policy …) at Zomato. 26 weeks paid leave for both men and women.
In his another tweet, he wrote: This also applies to non-birthing parents and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners. Also, the new parents will be given a bonus of $1000 per child. These changes are applicable to even those Zomans who have had a child in the last 6 months.