FEMALE employees of Standard Chartered Bank in Tanzania can now look forward to a 20-week paid maternity leave, or 140 calendar days or five months of maternity leave, excluding annual leave as the bank rolls out enhanced employee benefits.
“As a part of the Bank’s familyfriendly culture, we have increased fully-paid maternity leave for our female employees to 20 calendar weeks, while male employees will start enjoying a 14 days or two calendar weeks’ paternity leave.”
Mr Kishimbo said. The Bank had been offering a 12 weeks, or three months, maternity leave and a 3 days’ paternity leave, in accordance with the country’s Labour Laws.
The Bank’s new policy, therefore, surpasses the country’s Labour Laws requirements by 8 weeks for its female employees, and by 11 days for its male employees.
The bank’s new policy has also considered adoptive mothers whose maternity leave will increase from two calendar weeks to 90 calendar days, equivalent to three months, for mothers who adopt children aged between 0-3 months.
He said mothers who adopt children aged 4 months and above will be entitled to a maternity leave of 30 calendar days which are equivalent to one month. Adoptive fathers will also be entitled to a 14 days or two calendar weeks’ paternity leave, which is an increase of 11 days, he said.
“As we mark our Centenary Anniversary in Tanzania we believe that the new policy will further support the creation of a stronger and healthier future generation as our nursing mothers will have a longer period of uninterrupted breastfeeding for their babies.
This is also in line with the recent call by the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children, when Tanzania joined the World in marking the World Breastfeeding Week which was marked at the beginning of this month.
The new Parental Leave Scheme is extended to all employees of the Bank, regardless of length of service.” Mr. Kishimbo said.