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Pharmacy group’s new leave entitlement deal sets the standard for the industry, CEO believes

The Epic Pharmacy Group and Slade Pharmacy Group have announced the introduction of a new paid parental leave policy which will be available to all employees from 31 March 2019.

This policy will see their employees able to access 10 weeks of paid leave as a primary carer, or one week as a non-primary carer.

David Slade, Slade Pharmacy proprietor, said “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the ongoing contribution that working parents make to our pharmacies, and delivering this financial support when it’s often needed most is an investment that makes absolute sense.”

Cathie Reid, Epic Pharmacy proprietor, said “We know and understand the challenges that starting or extending a family can present, and that often this leads to a lifetime gap in earnings and savings for the female workforce in particular. We’re supporting and addressing this in many ways through our Iconic Women program, and the introduction of paid parental leave is a great addition.”

Andrew Reid, CEO of the Icon Group Pharmacy division, said that the policy was welcome in an industry that is largely underrepresented when it comes to paid parental leave entitlements.

Mr Reid said “This is an important investment in our people and their wellbeing. I’m delighted that the proprietors of Slade Pharmacy Group and Epic Pharmacy Group have introduced this policy to support our people, and their new and growing families.

The introduction of paid parental leave for both primary and non-primary carers recognises the role that both parents have in supporting a new child, as well as each other, and will be a great support to nearly 1,000 people working in the pharmacies.”

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