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In addition to the menstrual leave policy (dubbed "pink leave"), the India-based retailer has also announced seven days of paid paternity leave for new fathers, as well as transgender fathers.

India's Ferns N Petals (FNP), a florist & gifting e-tailer, and its group companies are supporting employee health and wellbeing with additional paid leave applicable to women and transgender employees, as well as new fathers.

Women and transgender employees will now benefit from one-day paid, annual leave per month under the organisation's menstrual leave policy, dubbed as "pink leave". For each employee covered, one leave will be credited in the beginning of every month.

In a statement, the company shared: "This leave policy is made keeping in mind women’s unique needs, wellbeing and health, and hygiene."

It added: "The company believes in creating safe and comfortable work environment that respects biological needs, and thus supports menstrual health and gender equality at the workplace."

As for new fathers, they are allowed to take seven consecutive days of paternity leave "which are inclusive of any rest days, off days, shutdown days, weekends, and public holidays." This policy is applicable to permanent male employees with up to two children.

In responding to Human Resources Online's query about extending paternity leave to transgender fathers, FNP's spokesperson said: "As of now, we do not have any transgender fathers in the organisation, but we will be more than happy [to do so]—and this policy will definitely be applicable to any transgender father, who applies for the same."


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