HLE Nepal Introduces Extended Paid Parental Leave

personUrika Shrestha access_timeJuly 31, 2018

HLE Nepal is proud to announce that we’ve introduced paid parental leave for all HLE Nepal employees.

We’ve gone above and beyond the minimum employer requirements set out under Nepal’s new labour laws, allowing new moms and dads to spend more time with their newborns.

What are HLE Nepal staff entitled to?

We offer new parents who are the primary carer of a newborn child up to:

  • 112 days fully paid maternity leave.
  • 1 month fully paid paternity leave.

The newly-introduced Nepal Labor Act 2017 only requires employers to provide:

  • 60 days fully paid maternity leave.
  • 15 days fully paid paternity leave.

We’re providing an additional 52 days of paid maternity leave and another 15 days of paid paternity leave.

Extended Leave

We’ve also made provisions for unpaid maternity to be extended by up to 4 months and paternity leave to be extended by up to one month.

We believe that every new parent situation is unique so providing our staff with the option to extend their parental leave goes a long way to maintaining employee happiness.

Special maternity leave

We have made provisions for special maternity leave in the event of complications during and after pregnancy, including postpartum depression.

In a 2015 study by the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS), 29% of women were found to have postpartum depression symptoms 2-3 days after giving birth (Screening for Postpartum Depression and Associated Factors among Women who Deliver at a University Hospital, Nepal).

Flexible Work Hours

Pregnant employees now have the option to transfer to another role if their current role is deemed unsafe due to their condition.

When there is a medical need a new mom during or after pregnancy, we can also let an employee work from home.

Even after returning from maternity leave, there’s flexibility for working mothers so they can breastfeed the child.

We offer up to:

  • Two hours paid time off each day until the baby is 8 months old.
  • One hour time off each day from 8 months to one-year.

Why did we introduce extra parental leave?

New mothers leaving a job to take care of their child is still common in Nepal because they don’t usually get the sufficient parental leave they need from their employer.

By the time they’re ready to return to work, it may be difficult for them to find a job in the same industry at their current level experience, or to find any employment at all.

We aim to improve new mothers’ employment prospects by allowing them ample maternity leave so they can continue their career plans.

HLE Nepal’s extended parental leave policy has the added benefit of enhancing a father’s experience with their newborn and increases their involvement in household duties.

What our staff have to say

Three of our staff – one mother and two fathers – have already benefited from this new leave policy.

“Paternity leave has made my life a lot easier, providing me with a wonderful time to develop a bond with my baby and to provide extra care to my wife and the baby,” said mortgage broker Nirayu Shakya.

He added that this sent a positive message to his friends, family, and relatives about HLE Nepal because most of the companies here in Nepal only offer two weeks of paternity leave.

Assistant mortgage broker Anita Gurung has already reaped the advantages of flexible working hours.

“I’ve been able to breastfeed my baby in the mornings, run errands, and I’m able to be home early to spend quality time with my child,” she said.

Research supports the benefit of adequate parental leave

Paid parental leave can reduce infant mortality rate by as much as 10%, according to a 2011 public health report by the National Institutes of Health (US).

The report also found that access to paid parental leave provides employees with greater economic security and reduces financial stress on families.

We hope to continue leading the way as an employer of choice in Nepal.

Considering joining an industry leader in business process outsourcing (BPO) with amazing employee benefits?

Call us on 01-5537280 or email us at hlenepal@homeloanexperts.com.au and let us know why you want to join HLE Nepal.