Deloitte is offering 16 weeks of paid family leave to help individuals with varied family structures

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Deloitte US has introduced a new family leave programme to allow employees up to 16 weeks of fully-paid leave. Launched in September 2016, it is designed to help support staff who have parenting responsibilities, as well as those caring for elders or for a spouse. This bold step is in the broader caregiving space and recognizes the changing family dynamics of the modern day.

With the new programme, both men and women are eligible. Additionally, mothers who give birth to a child are eligible for 6 months paid leave when factoring in short-term disability for childbirth.

Cathy Engelbert, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP said: 'By adding support for eldercare, spousal care and children beyond the birth stage, Deloitte's family leave program provides our people with the time they need to focus on their families in important times of need.

Leaders often discuss how they can become more innovative, and one of the things that makes a big difference is to focus beyond business products and services and think about their people and the fabric of organizational culture.'

In a recent survey of U.S. workers, Deloitte found that 88% of the respondents would value a broader paid leave policy to include family care beyond parental leave. Deloitte’s strategy looks at family structures and requirements beyond new parents.

'Our Talent strategy is centred around our ability to create a leadership culture that is focused on the development and well-being of our professionals,' said Mike Preston, chief talent officer, Deloitte LLP. 'Leading-edge programs for our people, reinforced by daily interactions and conversations at the team level, instil a culture of support and well-being.'

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