Uniform parental benefits extended to all types of families welcoming children through birth, adoption and surrogacy; fertility treatment leave support
Johannesburg. 28 May 2018. SAB will introduce a new parental standard for its employees that offers support and benefits to all types of families becoming a parent – whether by birth, adoption or surrogacy – and will surpass the South African legal minimum requirement in several instances.
These new and extended benefits are aligned to AB InBev’s new Global Parental Standard being rolled out across world markets.
Overview of Parental Standard in South Africa:
- All primary caregivers – mother or father will receive a minimum of 16 weeks of time off at 100% pay.
- Secondary caregivers will receive a minimum of 2 weeks of time off at 100% pay.
- In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) leave to support colleagues going through fertility treatments – up to four paid leave days per year.
- New return-to-work transition programmes will support new parents after having a child, whether welcomed naturally or through adoption or surrogacy. This includes:
- Extending private nursing spaces in all of our markets wherever there are new parents.
- Introducing parental mentoring and keep-in-touch programmes with colleagues on leave to help new parents stay connected and ease transitions.
SAB is also in the process of introducing return-to-work transition programmes, which will be fully operational in South Africa in the third quarter of 2018. These will support our new parents after having a child – from extending private nursing spaces across our operations to introducing parental mentoring.
“As a leading corporate company in South Africa, SAB is committed in bringing people together for a better world, which starts with its people and families.
“Our greatest strength is our people and so we have embraced the opportunity to lead by example through supporting our colleagues through important life events including the arrival of children,” says Lucia Swartz, VP People, SAB and AB InBev Africa.