Microsoft staff in Africa to benefit from longer maternity, paternity leave days

Microsoft Sub Sahara Africa has announced enhancements to the company’s family-leave benefits as it seeks to boost and reaffirm its commitment to its regional employees’ work-life balance.

As part of the move, Microsoft’s human-resources team has redesigned the enhancements, which include
increased maternity and paternity entitlements, to ensure that Microsoft employees everywhere are able to make time for the people who matter most in their lives.

“We regard our staff as the lifeblood of our brand, and we place the highest priority on supporting them in all the many aspects of their lives, both inside and outside the workplace,” said Amr Kamel, GM for Microsoft West East and Central Africa (WECA). “Microsoft takes great pride in its position as one of the leading employers in the Africa
region, and we are delighted to inform our employees of the new benefits, which take effect with immediate effect”.

Microsoft WECA will increase maternity leave to 20 weeks, paid at 100% of current salary, and paternity/parental leave to six weeks, paid at 100% of current salary. The move is hoped to ensure that all parents get adequate time to bond with new additions to their family, regardless of whether the baby arrives through birth or adoption.

In addition, the company also announced the introduction of a new family-caregiver leave benefit. Employees will now be entitled to four weeks of paid leave at 100% of current salary, to take care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

“Microsoft understands that family is the most important thing there is,” added Kamel. “We remain committed to driving a culture of diversity and inclusivity across our company, providing leave benefits to mothers, fathers and caregivers is just one of the ways we honour that commitment. Our employees bring their best every day to support achieving this mission, so in turn, we aim to bring our best to them by continually assessing, refining, and
enhancing the world-class benefits we offer.”

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