Lidl employees in Northern Ireland have been given even more fertility benefits in the company’s latest raft of policy improvements
The company has announced it will offer its 1300 employees two days of paid leave which is unlimited to the number of IVF cycles they experience.
The new Fertility Paid Leave Policy is part of the company’s drive to encourage a national conversation to destigmatise fertility challenges.
Lidl sales operation manager, Kate Bohan, told News letter: “Lidl’s NI ongoing recognition of the changing needs of our colleagues is a testament to our commitment to being an employer that stands for more, and one that isn’t afraid to break stigmas on topics that are often shrouded in silence.
“My partner is currently pregnant with our second child via IVF and I am immensely proud to see Lidl NI fiercely support undergoing this process in a sensitive and caring way.
“The experience of IVF can be distressing, both emotionally and physically, and is not a topic commonly discussed. I was fortunate to have a very supportive line manager and I am grateful that my openness has helped shape this policy for colleagues who may be undergoing this process in the future.
“Through recognising the need for change in this area., Lidl NI is acknowledging not only the support needed in time but also contributing to the conversation surrounding IVF., which is beneficial to us as a workplace and a society as a whole.”
The policy is offered to all employees regardless of their length of service.