CH&CO has announced enhanced family benefits for every employee across the hospitality landscape.
It revealed the move is part of a company-wide people and culture transformation, with all policies, procedures and employee benefits across catering and hospitality businesses being reviewed and improved to reflect the value placed on employees, increase the appeal of hospitality careers, and attract and retain the best people in a “highly competitive market”.
The new procedure offers greater support for employees and their families, over and above the current statutory minimum entitlements from maternity leave and paternity leave to adoption leave, shared parental leave and flexible working.
Under the new family-friendly procedure, employees on maternity and adoption leave will be offered 10 weeks full pay, followed by the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) / Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), relevant to local entitlements.
In addition, the firm said employees returning from maternity and adoption leave will receive a bonus equivalent to two weeks full pay after one month.
Also included in the procedure is two weeks paid Paternity leave for fathers and partners – an increase from the standard Statutory Paternity Pay, relevant to local entitlements.
Charlotte Hutchings, group people director, CH&CO, said: “We all have a responsibility to make careers in hospitality appealing and supportive and we’ve enhanced our employee benefits proposition to show our teams and future employees how valued they are.
“It’s important that our benefits reflect our diverse and inclusive culture, and this can be seen in the new family-friendly procedure that exceeds the expected statutory offer to support all our people whatever their family circumstances and needs may be.”