Craig Mostyn Group (CMG) will introduce, from July 1, 2008, paid maternity leave of three months for all staff with a minimum of 12 months continuous full-time employment with the company.
Chief Executive Officer, David Lock said the decision, recommended by a recent management group culture meeting and subsequently endorsed by the Board, was yet another step towards CMG officially becoming an employer of choice.
Headquartered in Fremantle, CMG is an 85 year old family owned diversified food group, with significant investments in the meat, seafood, grains and horticultural sectors. An equal opportunity employer, CMG has more than 400 employees in WA, of whom about 40 per cent are female.
“We recognise the value, in terms of staff morale and productivity, that a flexible and understanding work environment offers, especially with the changing dynamics of society.
“For some time, we’ve had people enjoying the benefits of working part hours from home and working flexible hours, for example, and we believe this initiative of three months paid maternity leave further highlights the importance we place on keeping and attracting good people,” he said.
Although the current legal requirement is only for 12 months unpaid maternity leave, Mr Lock said CMG felt it was important to go beyond what was simply legislated.
“We’re also considering offering paternity leave to CMG male employees whose partners have a child, leave for CMG employees when they adopt children and compassionate leave for prime carers whose partners are seriously ill.”
An early beneficiary of the new CMG maternity leave policy was 25 year old Leonie Nankiville, who works in payroll at CMG’s Fremantle office. She was granted four weeks discretionary paid maternity leave due to the closeness of her second child’s birth, in February and the introduction of the new policy.
“It was a great help for me and my partner, Chad, as it just took the pressure off at a time when there’s a lot happening, as we also have a four year old boy, Tristan.
“I appreciated the opportunity to have quality bonding time with my new baby and then CMG also helped by allowing me to have a flexible working arrangement after my time off. I now spend some time in the office and some working from home,” Ms Nankiville said.