The Twins and Multiple Births Association, Tamba, have updated their maternity and paternity to further support staff whose babies are born prematurely.
The policy changes mean that members of staff who have babies born before 37 weeks will be offered extended leave to support their family.
Tamba is the first UK charity to sign up to The Smallest Things Best Employer Charter and has changed its maternity and paternity policy accordingly.
While it is not UK law for employers to offer extended leave to staff with premature babies, Tamba recognises the unique and significant needs of employees when it comes to their premature child/children who could also require neonatal care.
Head of Finance and Operation at Tamba, Nicky Deans, said: “The Tamba board of trustees have agreed that mums who give birth before 37 weeks will be entitled to an additional day’s leave and pay for every day between the date the baby was born and the due date.
“This will be classed as compassionate leave and will be calculated at the full pay rate.”
The move by Tamba has come at the time when the UK Government is undergoing an internal review of provisions for parents of premature babies, sick babies and parents expecting multiple births.
Founder and Trustee of The Smallest Things, Catriona Ogilvy, added: “We are pleased that Tamba has taken this ground-breaking step of recognising and supporting families of premature babies and that it is the first charity in the UK to be awarded our ‘Employer with Heart’ accreditation.
“Visiting a premature baby on a neonatal intensive care unit is a traumatic, distressing time for parents without the added worry of work and pay. It certainly shouldn’t count as parental leave.”
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