The new policy, Microsoft says, will help the parents bond with their newborns, regardless of whether the baby was birthed or adopted.
The company will also introduce a new family-caregiver leave benefit, where the employees will get four weeks of 100 per cent paid salary to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
“We regard our staff as the lifeblood of our brand, and we place the highest priority on supporting them in all the many aspects of their lives, both inside and outside the workplace” said Amr Kamel, General Manager for Microsoft West East and Central Africa (WECA).
“Microsoft takes great pride in its position as one of the leading employers in the Africa region, and we are delighted to inform our employees of the new benefits, which take effect with immediate effect.”
Also offering more than three months paid maternity leave is Safaricom, which gives mothers 4 months and Nestle a minimum of 14 weeks paid leave and can extend their maternity leave up to six months.
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