Zomato Offers 26-week Paid Parental Leave for both Sexes
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Zomato Offers 26-week Paid Parental Leave for both Sexes

By IndraStra Global News Team

On June 3, 2019, India's food delivery startup Zomato has announced its new paternity leave pattern for India, giving 26 weeks of paid leave for both new mothers and fathers among its 5,000 corporate employees worldwide. The company will also give US$ 1000 (approx. ₹70,000) per child as an endowment to the new parents.

In its blog, Zomato's CEO Deepinder Goyal has said that the reason behind this step is that the lack of universal paid paternal leaves leads to fewer women in organizations.

“Currently, it is hard for women to lead a healthy family life and focus on their careers, leading to a lot of women leaving their jobs or putting their careers on the back burner. This results in a pressing lack of diversity across all levels of the organisation, and needs to be solved proactively.”

This policy and benefits will also be available to "non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners." While 26 weeks of maternity leave is mandated by Indian laws across organizations, no such provision exists for new fathers. Zomato has become the first company to offer such a long period for paternal leave.

"I believe that young parents should be able to make a choice of how to care for their children. And that a myopic view of primary caregiving not only alienates one half of our workforce but also creates circumstances that lead to fewer female leaders within organizations, the community, and the nation."

However, do note, new benefits won't apply to the company's 180,000 delivery drivers & riders (out of which, most of them are from India).