Bonnier Books UK introduces industry-first pregnancy loss policy
Bonnier Books UK has introduced the UK publishing industry’s first pregnancy loss policy to help ‘break the silence’ around the issue, reports the Bookseller.
The policy, developed in consultation with the charity Tommy’s, entitles women and their partners paid time off and ongoing support following pregnancy loss. Bonnier UK is believed to be the first publisher with a specific policy in this area. In the UK, there is no statutory leave unless the loss has happened after 24 weeks.
Bonnier Books UK people director Anna MacLaren May told The Bookseller: ‘We know policies on their own, whilst a brilliant first step, are not enough to create the supportive environment needed to break the silence around pregnancy loss’.
‘We will be working with organisations such as Tommy’s to ensure that our people receive the practical and emotional support they need,’ said Maclaren May, adding that the publisher has not put a cap on time off as ‘the experience of pregnancy loss varies from person to person, and so we wouldn’t want to make assumptions about how much time someone might need away from work’.
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