Workplace catering specialists Gather & Gather Ireland has announced a range of enhanced family benefits for every employee.

Gather & Gather provides workplace restaurants and cafés, hospitality and event services to a range of clients across a broad spectrum of sectors in Ireland including tech, education and retail.

The new family-friendly policy offers greater support for employees and their families, over and above the current statutory minimum entitlements from maternity leave and paternity leave to adoption leave, parental leave and flexible working.

As part of CH&CO, the move by Gather & Gather Ireland is part of a company-wide people and culture transformation. All policies, procedures and employee benefits across the catering and hospitality business are being reviewed and improved to reflect the value placed on employees, increase the appeal of hospitality careers, and to attract and retain the best people in a highly competitive market.

The initiatives include:
  • Maternity / Adoptive Leave Policy – enhanced Maternity Pay including ten weeks’ basic pay followed by 16 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay for everyone eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay. Gather & Gather also pays a return-to-work bonus, i.e. two weeks’ basic pay following the completion of one month’s service after returning from leave.
  • Paternity Leave Policy – enhanced Paternity pay including two weeks’ full basic pay inclusive of statutory pay for everyone eligible for Statutory Paternity Leave/Pay (SPP).
  • Flexible Working Policy – a Flexible Working Policy including part-time working, job-sharing, flexible working hours, temporarily reduced hours, phased return to work and working from home.

Pauline Cox, Managing Director of Gather & Gather Ireland welcomed the new initiatives, saying: “The latest range of family friendly initiatives introduced represents a really positive move to attract people into our business as well as looking after the very important team we already have and demonstrating that we genuinely care for them. We aim to be one of the best companies to work for and to attract and retain talented individuals through actively supporting and encouraging a good work-life balance. It’s important that our benefits reflect our diverse and inclusive culture, and this can be seen in these new family-friendly policies which support all our people, whatever their family circumstances and needs may be.”

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