Nigerian bank approves paternity leave for male employees

A top Nigerian bank has approved paternity leave for its male employees as lenders step up efforts to offer unique perks for their staff members.

Paternity leave

The bank made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. It said the policy, which started in January, would foster an inclusive workplace. It also said that the policy offered paid leave to all new parents at the bank, including mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.

The bank added that the new policy, first by a Nigerian bank, offered one week fully paid paternity leave to male employees and allows them to care for their offspring.

According to the bank, it also affords them in spending some quality time with the new addition to their family while supporting the new mother who needs the break.

Also included in the new policy is a surrogacy or adoptive leave with full pay for three calendar months for female employees of the bank.

The statement further said, “These benefits supplement the 12 weeks of paid leave Access Bank currently provides to birth mothers. The policy also complements the bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which support work-life balance.”

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