Bank of Ireland expands paternity leave policy from 2 to 6 weeks

The new policy triples Bank of Ireland’s current paid paternity leave from two to six weeks and is open to all colleagues.

Bank of Ireland has today launched an improved policy supporting its colleagues to combine work and family life through paternity leave.

The new policy triples the Bank’s current paid paternity leave from two to six weeks and is open to all colleagues.

“Family is hugely important. We want to help our colleagues make the most of their important life milestones while also creating a more supportive and inclusive culture within the bank”

Under the new policy, an employee whose partner is having a baby, adopts a child or becomes a parent through surrogacy, or who is the parent of a donor-conceived child, will have the flexibility to take six weeks of paid leave, within the first six months of the child’s life.

As well as the father of the child, the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of the child is also considered a relevant parent.

Personal and financial wellbeing

Bank of Ireland has introduced the new policy to recognise the need for a relevant parent to bond with their new-born or newly placed child in circumstances where they are not entitled to adoptive or maternity leave.

Increased paternity leave can have a significant impact on both the personal and financial wellbeing of colleagues and their families, and can promote parent-child bonding, improve outcomes for children and increase gender equity at home and at the workplace.

 “Family is hugely important. We want to help our colleagues make the most of their important life milestones while also creating a more supportive and inclusive culture within the bank,” said Matt Elliott, chief people officer, Bank of Ireland.

“This improved policy offers new parents more time to prioritise their family responsibilities with a greater balance between work and family life. And we are committed to making further improvements to it over time.

“This is part of a series of family friendly improvements we are implementing. Our aim is to create a more inclusive approach to all types of family leave, recognising the varying needs of the modern family in all its guises. We will continue to examine ways that we can improve and enhance what it is like to work at Bank of Ireland for all 9,000 of our colleagues.”

Other policy initiatives launched by Bank of Ireland include fertility leave and supports, menopause supports, a surrogacy support policy, and the recently added domestic abuse policy, where the Bank provides both financial and non-financial support to colleagues who experience domestic abuse.

Bank of Ireland has also made all of its family leave policies “day-one” entitlements for colleagues, meaning they are eligible from the first day of employment.

In recent months Bank of Ireland also introduced a Domestic Abuse Leave Policy that provides a range of supports to colleagues who may be experiencing domestic abuse. 

Main image at top (from left): Joanne Healy, Head of Group Employee Relations, Bank of Ireland; Matt Elliott, Chief People Officer, Bank of Ireland; and Emer Kenna, Co-Chair, Bank of Ireland I&D Parents and Carers Network

John Kennedy
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