Modibodi, an Aussie leak-proof apparel brand, has become one of the first companies offering menstrual, menopause and miscarriage leave for its employees. This week, Modibodi launched a new leave policy entitling its employees to paid leave explicitly for menstruation, menopause and miscarriage, in addition to the company’s existing sick leave entitlements. Employees will accrue an additional 10 days paid personal leave per year for menstruation, menopause discomfort or in the event of a miscarriage.
These paid leave days are not taken from ‘sick leave’ but are specifically designed to be used by staff suffering menstrual or menopause symptoms which interfere with their ability to work, or in the event they suffer a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Staff are also allowed to request to work from home if needed during their period.
“We’ve introduced these policies as part of our commitment to talk openly and honestly about periods, to normalise conversations about menstruation and to remove any stigma and shame associated with a normal, natural part of life,” says CEO and Founder Kristy Chong.
“To help change those attitudes, we need to start in our own office, and this new policy is one action we can take now to help do that.”
Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) company, Zip Co Limited (Zip) announced last week a new bereavement leave policy, enabling grieving parents (including partners) two-weeks of paid leave, following the loss of a pregnancy before 20-weeks. The policy, which is available to Zip employees or ‘Zipsters’ (irrespective of tenure), aims to recognise the unique circumstances that surround miscarriage, as well as the physical, emotional and mental toll. For those that experience the loss of a pregnancy after 20-weeks, Zip’s parental leave policy applies, giving Zipsters, regardless of tenure, 16 weeks paid leave for primary carers and 4 weeks paid leave for secondary carers.
“Offering two weeks of paid bereavement leave to all Zipsters will be a big step forward in normalising the conversation around infant loss, miscarriage and grief. By validating their experience and providing the space to heal, we hope we can help our employees find their way to a full and healthy recovery – both mentally and physically,” explains Chief People Officer at Zip, Anna Buber-Farovich.