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Publicis Groupe UK puts family at the center with series of new workplace policies

Publicis UK reveals developments in policy across its business

Publicis Groupe UK has announced a series of family-centered workplace policies for its employees – spanning maternity, paternity and shared parental leave, as well as policies around adoption, surrogacy, fertility and pregnancy loss.

The introduction of family-friendly policies will be supported by a training and education program designed for employees and managers. These policies are the latest in a line of Publicis Groupe UK initiatives designed to support employees and ensure that people can progress, irrespective of their background or circumstances. The details will be available to employees, and to candidates during the recruitment process.

What do the latest policies cover?

  • Pregnancy leave: 26 weeks of full pay

  • Adoption leave: 26 weeks of full pay

  • Surrogacy leave: 26 weeks of full pay

  • Shared parental leave: 26 weeks of full pay

  • A phased ‘return to work’ policy, meaning employees can take a gradual approach to their return during the first month back on full pay

  • Paternity/second parent leave: four weeks of full pay

  • Fertility policy: up to 10 days of paid leave for anyone going through fertility treatment and up to 10 days of paid leave for a supporting partner

  • Pregnancy loss: up to four weeks of paid leave for anyone experiencing pregnancy loss, up to 10 days of paid leave for the partner affected, and two days of leave for an employee supporting a family member experiencing pregnancy loss

The news comes as Publicis UK reveals developments in policy across its business, including a menopause policy and the Publicis Groupe UK Behavioral Charter, which outlines the inclusive behaviors expected of all employees.

Later this year, Publicis Groupe UK hopes to further this work by introducing policies in support of disability and trans inclusion.

Annette King, chief executive officer, Publicis Groupe UK, said of the latest developments: “As we emerge from the pandemic, business has a responsibility to build back better. I’m committed to creating a working environment where everyone can thrive wherever they come from, and whatever they’re going through. The introduction of these new family-friendly policies is the next step on that journey.”

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