Digital agency launches miscarriage policy for staff
Nottingham digital agency Hallam has launched its first-ever miscarriage policy – and is calling for other firms across the UK to follow suit.
In response to the experience of one of its staff, Hallam has implemented the policy which, in the event of a miscarriage, which see: five days compassionate leave for both men and women involved; paid leave for any associated or follow-up medical appointments and fertility treatment; two days paid leave when menstruation returns after the event; access to Hallam’s Mental Health First Aiders and ‘Care Coins’ if a staff members feels they would benefit from professional counsel; and a phased return to work.
Julio Taylor, CEO at Hallam, said: “Miscarriages are something we’re all acutely aware of, but the statistics behind it are surprising and sobering: one in four women experiences a miscarriage.
“One in five of those women are left facing anxiety levels similar to those seen in psychiatric outpatient services.
“Men and women deserve statutory rights for this. We deserve the space and support to be allowed to grieve and process it. We deserve better.
“So, we’re taking action.”
Hallam has launched a petition, calling for a change in attitude by companies towards women and men who who have experienced miscarriage. To find out more, click here.