Galway, June 22, 2021 – Rent the Runway has announced that all employees based in Ireland are offered 20-weeks of fully paid leave as part of its gender neutral family leave policy designed to support families.
Any employee that adopts a child, becomes a parent through surrogacy, is a birth parent, or whose partner is a birth parent after working at Rent the Runway for at least one year, will be eligible to take up to 20 weeks paid family leave commencing in the first year of the child’s birth. The policy adopted by Rent the Runway fosters equality among all parents and recognises the importance of allowing them to equally contribute to the early stages of their child’s life.
This policy goes above and beyond the current statutory leave policy in Ireland, which allows for 26 weeks maternity leave paid through social welfare at a rate of €245 taxed and two weeks paid paternity leave to parents of a child under one, or during the first year of adoption.
“Rent the Runway strives to recognise and support the many facets and phases of employees’ lives and foster a culture that allows them to thrive both personally and professionally,” said Rent the Runway VP and Managing Director for Ireland Dorothy Creaven. “We are proud to support all families by giving every parent the opportunity to have quality time with their children. Our Family Leave policy further underlines Rent the Runway’s strong commitment to parental equality and will make a significant difference to Rent the Runway employees in Ireland, where traditional companies usually distinguish family leave based on maternity or paternity status.”