Australia March 8, 2022
Last year, the Australian Government introduced legislation that mandated two days’ leave for misscarriage, in addition to existing compassionate and bereavement leave entitlements for all workers.
It’s a great start towards normalising conversations around the impact of miscarriage.
But there’s more that can be done.
Each year around 110,000 Australian women experience miscarriage. While every pregnancy is different, medical experts agree physical recovery from miscarriage takes at least seven days, while the emotional effects can last much longer.
That’s why Mr Yum is a proud supporter of the #WeNeedMoreLeave campaign, a movement that encourages businesses big and small to commit to at least 10 days’ miscarriage leave for pregnancy loss.
Launched on International Women’s Day and spearheaded by Kin Fertility, the campaign is supported by more than 30 companies including Linktree, Airwallex and Eucalyptus that are reshaping workplace equality and diversity through parental leave policies that set new benchmarks.
Mr Yum’s Leave for Loss provides two weeks’ paid leave for employees who suffer a miscarriage within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, increasing to 16 weeks’ paid leave for those who suffer a pregnancy-related illness or whose pregnancy ends after 12 weeks.
New parents at Mr Yum are provided 16 weeks’ paid leave, inclusive of all genders and family constructs. This applies to adoption, foster children and surrogacy.Mr Yum Head of People & Culture Laura Sloane says implementing gender-neutral parental leave policies is an important step in challenging the patriarchal view of gender roles and expectations.
“Offering gender equitable paid parental leave removes assumptions that come from designating maternity and paternity leave and means parents can choose how best they care for their new child,” she says.
“Such policies help to break the barriers to career progression women can face, while also supporting non-birthing parents to be actively involved in caregiving by taking equal amounts of parental leave.
“Mr Yum celebrates families in all their diversity and our parental leave program actively encourages a more inclusive and equitable workplace.”