The bus operators hope such measures will offer more time and resources for colleagues who have welcomed newborns to achieve work-life balance.
To improve their family-friendly policies, Citybus and New World First Bus (NWFB) have announced the enhancement of the maternity leave package for female employees to a fully-paid salary, replacing the statutory four-fifths paid leave.
Meanwhile, the salary for the two-week paternity leave for male employees has also increased from the statutory four-fifths to fully-paid time-off.
As early as mid-2021, Citybus and NWFB had already extended the paid maternity leave for female employees from the statutory 14 weeks to 24 weeks. The two-week paid paternity leave for male employees also exceeds the statutory five days. Both policies aim to create a gender- and family-friendly workplace and allow employees to strike a balance between work and family responsibilities.
Roger Wong, General Manager (People and Culture) of Citybus and NWFB, said the bus operators attach great importance to the personal development as well as physical and mental health of their colleagues, and such enhancement of full-paid maternity and paternity leave can be considered as a breakthrough for maternity protection.
“We hope that such measures would offer more time and resources for colleagues who have just welcomed their new-born child to achieve work-life balance and allow them to continue to develop their career reassuringly after returning to work,” said Wong.
“The measures are also believed to be an excellent incentive for young generations to join the company.”
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