Australian tech firm Harrison.ai has announced it will offer fertility benefits to its employees along with miscarriage leave – the first of its kind in the country
The company, based in Sydney, has revealed it will give $10,000 for IVF and offer two weeks of bereavement leave for those who suffer an early miscarriage and up to 16 weeks after 16 weeks of pregnancy.
The new work policy has been welcomed by fertility campaigners and is the brainchild of HR director Nicole Karagiannis, who had a miscarriage six years ago.
She told The Australian : “I’ve since had two daughters. Balancing the pain and the happiness you feel through both of these experiences was in front of my mind as I was designing these programs.
“Our understanding is that we are the first Australian company to offer such a holistic program, including IVF support, miscarriage and bereavement leave, as well as the leave when you are preparing your children for school.
Grandparents are also offered time off when their children have a baby to support their family.
Nicole said: “The aim is to ensure workers, male and female, don’t feel like they have to make a choice between having a family or a career.”
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