John Keells introduces 100 days maternity, paternity leave

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 In another significant step to strengthen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), the John Keells Group introduced equal maternity and paternity leave days as Parental Leave commencing August 2022, a spokesman said.

While the Group will continue to offer 100 days of maternity leave on the birth or adoption of a child, the five-days paternity leave will be enhanced to 100 days, ensuring equity, and recognising the importance of both parents’ roles in early childcare. Further, as the Group understands that each family may have circumstances unique to them, during the birth of their child or children, there is flexibility built into how an employee can avail of the 100 days of Parental Leave.

Speaking on the initiative Krishan Balendra, Chairperson John Keells Group said “one of the key objectives of offering equal number of maternity and paternity leave days is to eliminate discrimination associated with recruiting women, due to potential instances of maternity leave. With the Group’s 5-year goal of achieving 40% women in the workforce, it is imperative that we address gender biases at every stage of a person’s career within the John Keells Group.”