Lidl doubles maternity and adoption leave

Lidl has doubled its fully paid maternity and adoption leave from 14 to 28 weeks, claiming the period is the longest offered by a UK supermarket.

The company said the investment will help to foster an inclusive culture in its workplace and set a benchmark for others to follow.

Additionally, Lidl announced other benefits including paid leave for those undergoing fertility treatment and for anyone affected by pregnancy loss.

The supermarket has also expanded its compassionate leave policy to five paid days.

"We’re deeply committed to supporting our colleagues, not just in their professional lives but also through personal milestones and challenges,” said Stephanie Rogers, chief human resources officer at Lidl GB. “Over the past year, we’ve engaged closely with colleagues to see how we can better support those who are balancing work and family life.

“Whilst there is always more to be done, these latest enhancements to our Family Leave policies show our dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace and reinforce our ambition to be a first-choice employer."

Last month, Lidl become the first supermarket chain in the UK to roll out body cameras across all of its stores amidst a hike in retail crime. The company said it has invested over £2 million in the security measures.

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