Setting a benchmark in HR policies, e-commerce major Flipart on Monday launched the ‘adoption assistance programme’ by offering adopting parents (employees) an allowance of Rs 50,000 and a paid leave of 3-6 months.
“To help offset the costs of the adoption process, Flipkart offers adopting parents Rs 50,000 allowance to use towards, agency, regulatory costs, and any other expenses that may arise during the adoption process,” the policy states.
“Today an increasing number of young working couples are coming forward to adopt children, and a majority of them are young working professionals. According to the Central Adoption Resource Authority, for the first time in three years, adoption of children has seen a slight increase with 1,368 children finding new homes in the quarter between January-March 2015. To encourage this change in attitude as well as a fading stigma about adopting a baby in our society, Flipkart has introduced this programme,” the company said.
For women empolyees, who adopt a kid aged under 12 months, the company offers 6 months of paid leave and four months of flexible working hour, while for kids above 12 months, it is 3 months of paid leave with 4 months of flexible working hour. Men, meanwhile, can avail 6 weeks of paid leave within 6 months of adopting along with 4 months of flexible working hours.
The company announced the policy on Twitter, which, many users hailed. It also offers counseling service and extended time-off (unpaid leaves), if required.
Earlier this month, Flipkart had announced new maternity leave policy by offering an extended maternity leave of 24 weeks plus four months of flexi-working hours with full pay.