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Specifically, Microsoft increased maternity leave for birth mothers to 20 weeks paid at 100 per cent and parental leave to six weeks paid at 100 per cent for all new parents.
This will ensure that both mothers and fathers have time to bond with a new child, whether through birth or adoption.
Additionally, the company introduced a new time away benefit: four weeks of paid leave at 100 per cent to take care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
Microsoft is committed to driving a culture of diversity and inclusivity across the company—providing leave benefits to both mothers and fathers is one of the ways the company supports that culture.
“Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. Our employees bring their best every day to support achieving this mission, so in turn, we aim to bring our best to them by continually assessing, refining, and enhancing the world-class benefits we offer,” said Vu Minh Tri, Microsoft Vietnam general director.