Access Bank Plc., has urged male employees of the bank to take advantage of its parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers. The bank made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. It said the policy, which started in January, would foster an inclusive workplace. It also said that the policy offered paid leave to all new parents at the bank, including mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents. The bank added that the new policy, first by a Nigerian bank, offered one week fully paid paternity leave to male employees and allows them to care for their offspring.
According to the bank, it also affords them in spending some quality time with the new addition to their family while supporting the new mother who needs the break. Also included in the policy is a surrogacy or adoptive leave with full pay for three months for female employees of the bank. The bank said that those benefits supplemented the 12 weeks of paid leave that the bank currently provided to birth mothers. It added that the policy also complemented the bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which supported work-life balance.