Joining companies from across the globe, Johnson and Johnson India on Tuesday announced an enhanced paternity leave policy under which new and adoptive fathers will be entitled to eight weeks of paid leave during the first year of birth or adoption. The company said that the initiative comes with a view to extending feelings of diversity, inclusion, and support to the families of their employees.
For new mothers, the company has been offering up to 26 weeks of maternity leave for the past six years.
“With an enhanced paternity leave policy at Johnson and Johnson India, new and adoptive fathers will now be entitled to eight weeks of paid leave during the first year to bond with the newborn or the newly adopted child,” a company release said.
Johnson and Johnson India's paternal and maternal leave policies are at par with its global practice.
"Enhanced benefits make us attractive towards Millennials and GenZs, who are critical to our future workforce. By extending parental leave benefits to fathers and adoptive parents, we also strengthen our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and support for the modern-day family," Indrajeet Sengupta Head-Human Resources, Johnson and Johnson India said.
The company employs more than 3,500 people in India and is organised into three business segments: consumer healthcare, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
(With inputs from PTI)