New Delhi, India – 22 April 2017: Microsoft India announced its enhanced family leave benefits to better meet the needs of their employees to be fully present at home and work. Specifically, Microsoft introduced a new Family Caregiver leave benefit: four weeks of paid leave at 100 percent to take care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition. In addition, maternity benefits for those who are adopting a child or who choose to have a child via surrogacy is at 26 calendar weeks of paid leave. The company has also increased paternity leave to six weeks paid at 100 percent, to give both parents more time to bond with a new child. **
Announcing the enhanced family leave policies, Ira Gupta, Director – Human Resources, Microsoft India, said, “At Microsoft, we are committed to fostering a healthy work-life balance by enhancing productivity and efficiency for our employees through a flexible work environment as part of our workplace advantage philosophy. Our employees bring their best to work every day, to support our mission, strategy and culture. So, in turn, we are aiming to bring the best to our employees by continually assessing, refining and enhancing the world-class benefits we offer to ensure that they have the time they need to care for the people who matter most in their lives.”
Microsoft is committed to driving a culture of diversity and inclusivity across the company, and providing family leave benefits is one of the ways it supports that culture.
** Note: Summary of Leave Benefits
|Caregiver Leave: Introduced at up to 4 weeks to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
Parental Leave in India: Leave enhanced as of 21 April 2017 is as follows:
• Paternity Leave increased to 6 weeks from 2 weeks
• Adoption Leave for Mothers increased to 26 weeks
• Adoption Leave for Fathers increased to 6 weeks
• Surrogacy Leave for Mothers introduced at 26 weeks
• Surrogacy Leave for Fathers introduced at 6 weeks
****Maternity Leave is 26 weeks (with effect from Feb 2016)
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.