While devising a new maternity leave policy, here are some factors to keep in mind for successful implementation:
1. Become an expert in state policy regarding maternity leave. You must be knowledgable of your legal requirements before introducing any policy to staff and maternity leave particulars can sometimes be confusing. This is where an HR consultant can be particularly useful! We're here for the purpose of making sure policies are legally sound from the start.
2. Educate managers on the policy and on adhering to professional conduct. Companies have gotten into trouble when managers do not adhere to the policy and/or approach pregnant staff in a discriminatory manner. Be sure they are familiar with the policy AND with professional conduct when discussing maternity leave with staff.
3. Clearly outline the policy with employees during onboarding and again BEFORE they go on leave. It doesn't need to be said that having everyone on the same page in terms of comprehension and expectation is invaluable. But there, we said it!
Also important to keep in mind are the benefits of offering more than what is legally required to. Why would a company enhance a maternity leave policy? It can strengthen a positive company culture. Some studies we've read have suggested that comprehensive employee benefits are more valuable to staff than salary. A happy staff? Higher retention rates! And increased talent acquisition!
All things a successful company possesses.
Ready to revisit your maternity leave policy? Give Eos HR Consulting a call! We'll make sure you stay compliant AND better maintain a happy and healthy staff.