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John Lewis to introduce the UK’s first equalised parental leave policy

John Lewis plans to launch an equalised parental pay policy from autumn 2021, in what is claimed to be a first in the UK. Any employee who has been employed by John Lewis for one year when they have their baby will be offered 26 weeks’ paid leave. This will consist of 14 weeks of full pay and 12 weeks of 50% contractual pay.

John Lewis have also promised greater support to employees who lose pregnancies, which will include two weeks’ paid leave and emotional support from the company’s free counselling and mental health services.