Bianca Archibald

The new policy provides additional paid leave to all Bupa employees across New Zealand. It will give them access to an additional 12 weeks of paid (primary carer) leave and two weeks of secondary carer leave. In addition to the new parental leave policy, the company has also committed to providing employees 20 days paid domestic violence leave.

Bianca Archibald, Bupa Merrivale Care Home Caregiver, is pregnant with her first child and is due in early April and says the additional paid leave will be a big help to families.

“Pregnancy is a stressful time with lots going on, so it’s nice not to have to worry about the extra support. Just to know that it’s going to be ok and sorted is great and a real bonus,” Ms Archibald said.

Bupa’s parental leave policy will be additional to the standard Government parental leave benefits.Increased parental leave is proven to increase retention rates of employees, reduced training and recruitment costs.

“We’re excited to offer this new policy as it illustrates our serious commitment to our people,” says

Kate Dee, Bupa’s Australia and New Zealand People Director.
 
“This includes supporting them through the important milestones in life such as parenthood. We want to be supportive to our people so that they can continue to deliver on our purpose of helping people to live longer, healthier, happier lives for our residents,” Ms Dee said.
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