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Zurich launches emergency lockdown leave for parents and carers

The move is estimated to benefit more than one in five of Zurich’s 4,500 UK employees with children

Zurich UK has announced it is offering two weeks of fully paid leave for parents who may face child care emergencies following the closure of schools during the third national lockdown.  

The insurer said it is offering the emergency paid leave to help employees balance work and childcare commitments or other caring responsibilities. The move is estimated to benefit more than one in five of Zurich’s 4,500 UK employees with children.

The new measure allows employees to take an additional 10 days paid leave while primary and secondary schools remain shut.  The days can be taken individually, or consecutively.  

Steve Collinson, Zurich’s head of HR, said: “With schools closed, working parents will be frantically trying to juggle their jobs and childcare responsibilities.  We already offer flexibility for employees who want to change their working hours or structure some days differently.  

“But for parents trying to balance work, childcare and home schooling, this may not be enough. We’re helping our employees get through this crisis by offering mums and dads paid time-off so they can look after their health and their family.  This is also available for anyone with other caring commitments.”

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