Reynolds American

Families @ RAI

Challenge

We recognized that employees who desired to expand their family did not have adequate time to bond post the birth or adoption of a child. Our parental leave policy enables employees to care for and support their new or expanded families while balancing their professional goals.

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Our parental leave policy distinguishes RAI as one of the leading providers of a family-focused policy among U.S. companies. The RAI parental leave policy offers:

  • 16 weeks of fully-paid leave for employees who are new mothers or fathers, and
  • the ability to take up to eight months of a flexible work arrangement

The 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave begins immediately upon the date of birth or permanent placement of the child. The policy is available for any individual employed by RAI and its companies on a regular, full-time basis. Eligible Employees are also entitled to up to 8 months of a Reduced Work Schedule. Under the Reduced Work Schedule, employees are permitted to take up to two unpaid days off per week, subject to managerial consideration/approval.

Overall the ‘[email protected] RAI’ parental leave policy provides a full year of support for parents to bond with and care for their new child. Open to men and women, the RAI parental leave policy provides additional flexibility for parents that enable them to care for their families while balancing their career.

Outcomes

120 employees have utilized the policy – 89 paternity leaves, 28 maternity leaves, 3 adoption leaves and the numbers continue to grow.

Contact

Tonika Kottenbrock: [email protected]

We are proud of our employees at the Reynolds American group. Our people are the backbone and strength of the organization, and we are excited to provide them with the support they need to be successful both inside and outside of our walls.

Ricardo Oberlander, CEO Reynolds American

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