Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has announced a series of updates to its family leave policies. The updates aim to provide more flexibility to its people with caring responsibilities as they adjust to welcoming new family members.  

Amongst the changes being introduced, Grant Thornton will increase the enhanced paternity pay it offers from two weeks to six weeks full pay (including statutory pay), marking the firm out as a leader amongst its peers in supporting a more balanced approach to childcare.   

Other key updates, which will apply to people who are due to have children, including through adoption, from 1 January 2023, include a reduction in length of service criteria for paternity, shared parental or maternity and adoption leave and increased enhanced pay for maternity and adoption leave. These are in addition to other support Grant Thornton offers its people, such as neonatal leave and unpaid family leave.     

 Grant Thornton UK LLP head of people and brand, Perry Burton, said: “We believe that creating an inclusive culture which reflects and supports the diverse needs of our people is of vital importance to the sustainable growth of our firm.  Formulated with feedback from our people in mind, and with the objective of developing a market-leading range of family leave policies, these changes are a demonstrative investment in our people at a time when competition for talent is fierce.  Parenting together in the first days, weeks or months of a child’s life can be instrumental in shaping family dynamics. The extension of our paid paternity leave from two weeks to six weeks builds on our commitment to create an inclusive, supportive culture that encourages all new parents to take leave, creating an opportunity for both parents to take an active role in the weeks following childbirth. These updates to our family leave policies collectively play a key role in attracting and retaining diverse talent and support our commitment to creating a flexible, inclusive culture which provides opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential.”  

The announcement follows recent recognition of the firm as a leading family-friendly employer by Working Families, the national charity for working parents and carers. For the second year in a row, Grant Thornton featured amongst the top 10 in Working Families’ list of family-friendly employers.  

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