Republic Bank (Ghana) PLC, has introduced an adoptive leave policy as part of its Employee Leave Policy. Adoptive Leave is granted to employees of an organization who for circumstances beyond their control choose to adopt a child.
Mr. Tetteh Mamah, the Head of Human Resources of Republic Bank Ghana, said the rationale for the adoptive leave is to provide time-off to enable employees, especially prospective mothers, to bond with the newly legally adopted child. It is also to help provide a work-life balance for prospective foster parents to be able to manage work demands and respond to family duties.
According to the Head of Human Resources, “Staff of the Bank will be entitled to an adoptive leave for a minimum of four (4) weeks up to a maximum of 12 weeks. The adopted leave will begin when all relevant statutory and regulatory approvals for full custody of the child have been signed and received. Staff will also be eligible to take their annual leave in addition to the adoptive leave”.
The adoptive leave is one of many initiatives introduced by the Bank to enhance its employee value proposition in being an employer of choice. Last year during the lockdown in Ghana, Republic Bank also paid a one-off Covid-19 inconvenience allowance to all staff to provide support in their adjustment to the pandemic.