It is the first bank in the coun­try with such a pol­icy

New Straits Times - - Front Page - KUALA LUMPUR

MAY­BANK has an­nounced that it will of­fer ex­tended ma­ter­nity leave of up to 365 days for el­i­gi­ble female em­ploy­ees with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

This makes May­bank the first bank in the coun­try to of­fer such a ma­ter­nity leave ben­e­fit for em­ploy­ees.

May­bank Group chief hu­man cap­i­tal of­fi­cer Nora Manaf, who an­nounced this dur­ing the group’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tion at Me­nara May­bank, said the en­hanced ben­e­fit was made af­ter a holis­tic re­view of the peo­ple-ori­ented poli­cies and pro­grammes the group of­fered.

The en­hanced ma­ter­nity leave pol­icy al­lows el­i­gi­ble female em­ploy­ees to ex­tend their ma­ter­nity leave for up to 365 days in to­tal from the start of their leave, with vari­able pay.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing 90-day ma­ter­nity leave with full pay, the new pol­icy al­lows an em­ployee to ap­ply for an ad­di­tional ma­ter­nity leave pe­riod of three months with half-pay, and a fur­ther six months with no pay.

“The en­hance­ment to the ex­ist­ing 90day ma­ter­nity leave pol­icy is yet an­other fea­ture of our com­mit­ment to the bank’s diver­sity and in­clu­sion agenda, and in line with our con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to hu­man­ise peo­ple man­age­ment,” said Nora.

“As a car­ing and in­clu­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion that cham­pi­ons fam­ily-friendly ini­tia­tives and work-life in­te­gra­tion, this pol­icy presents an op­por­tu­nity for our female em­ploy­ees to cope with the de­mands of their new­born child and moth­er­hood, while find­ing the bal­ance to jug­gle work and life be­fore re­turn­ing to, and per­form­ing ef­fec­tively, in their roles in the work­place.”

May­bank has, over the years, con­tin­ued to in­tro­duce in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to cre­ate an en­abling work­place en­vi­ron­ment to ben­e­fit em­ploy­ees.

These in­clude the Flexi Work Ar­range­ment pol­icy, fam­ily-friendly ben­e­fits, May­bank Tiger Child­care Cen­tre, lac­ta­tion rooms, gym for women and other health and well­ness pro­grammes.

In 2014, May­bank in­tro­duced the Women Men­tor Women Coun­cil to in­crease the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in the mid­dle, se­nior and top man­age­ment. It con­sists of 13 women from across the group who draw on their pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port the coun­cil’s ini­tia­tives.

May­bank also rolled out a Sab­bat­i­cal Leave pol­icy for all staff, where el­i­gi­ble em­ploy­ees can take a ca­reer break from three to 24 months, with the guar­an­tee and com­fort of re­turn­ing to work.

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