Lidl the first to offer paid leave for those who suffer a miscarriage

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Lidl is the first company to offer paid compassionate leave for those who suffer a miscarriage.

In this monumental moment, Lidl are recognising miscarriage as a bereavement and offering those compassionate leave.

1 in every 5 women will suffer with a miscarriage and if you work for Lidl, you will be able to take three days leave with full pay, to help grieve their loss.

This will include all parents; mothers, fathers, surrogates and parents in same sex couples. In addition to this they will also be able to have up to five free sessions with a mental health professional.

Lidl Ireland’s Denise White-Hughes wants to make sure they are facilitating the needs of their employees.

“At Lidl, we recognise the needs of our employees are evolving all of the time as they progress though different stages of their lives, and we want to ensure that we are facilitating those needs in the most sensitive and supportive way that we can” she said.

She went on to say, “The silence around pregnancy loss has forced many to cope with it alone and we want to ensure that we help to lift that silence and offer support for all those who have experienced this loss. There is already provision for leave for late-term pregnancy loss and miscarriage after six months, and following feedback from our colleagues, we have designed this updated policy to not only recognise a pregnancy loss and miscarriage as a bereavement but to support our colleagues who suffer this shattering loss at every stage, and equip our teams to help support those affected in a meaningful and sensitive way” she added.

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