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Himani Chandna Gurtoo , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 06, 2013
If you adopt a child, chances are that your employer will give you the same benefits - like paid leave, etc. — that you would have been entitled to for a biological child. Welcome to a more sensitive world of Indian employers, where companies are treating adopted children at par with biological babies. Both parents are given paid leave for the initial care of adopted children.

The trend, which was more popular in the government services, is now standard HR policy at the Tata Group, Reliance Industries, Britannia Industries, RPG Group, Godrej and many others.

“We allow the primary caretaker, regardless of gender, up to eight weeks of full paid leave in cases of child adoption,” said Manoj Biswas, head, human resources, Accenture India, which has implemented the leave provision this year.

The average leave varies from eight to 16 weeks, depending on the individual case.

Most importantly, companies treat such leaves as 'confidential'. "The adoption leave request is treated very confidentially as we don't let other employees or officials know the purpose of leave," said S Varadarajan, executive president, human resources, Tata Teleservices.

Companies are trying to innovate and go beyond the mere paid leave provision by offering various monetary benefits for adoption cases.

“We have an adoption assistance plan that provides unique benefits like reimbursement of costs related to the adoption process up to R10,000,” said a spokesperson for Google India, which offers seven weeks of adoption leave.

Other benefits include counselling, parenting workshops and flexible work arrangements. Telecommuting, or working from home, is also allowed.