12 weeks paternity leave announced for employees: Pfizer India

The paternity leave policy will give biological and adoptive fathers the flexibility to take time off to care for their families and support their partners during this important time.

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Pfizer India implements a paternity leave policy for its employees in efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the organisation. This new paternity leave policy is applicable from  January 1, 2023. 

The paternity leave policy allows a leave of 12 weeks for both biological and adoptive fathers, which can be taken at any time within a period of two years after the birth or adoption of a child.

The aim of this policy is to give fathers the flexibility to take time off to care for their families and support their partners during this important time of early parenthood.

The company’s paternity leave policy allows employees to take a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks of leave in a single block. If additional time off is needed due to exceptional circumstances, employees can also utilise the company’s casual leave, elective holiday, and wellness day policies.

While sharing about the paternity policy, Shilpi Singh, director of people experience at Pfizer India, said, “At Pfizer, people are at the centre of everything we do. We believe the future of a progressive workspace will be defined by practises that harness a people-first approach. The 12-week paternity leave policy will most certainly enable our male colleagues and their partners to cherish the experience and joyful moments of parenthood. A progressive policy of this nature is our endeavour to harness the power of equity at the workplace and enable both men and women to invest equal time in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities as parents.” 

Pfizer is one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies that specialises in healthcare products including innovative medicines and vaccines. Pfizer India, established in 1950, has successfully launched and supported clinical developments across the country for over 70 years.

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