indica News Bureau-
Aiming to provide equal opportunity to all employees, Tata Steel of India has made new policies to incorporate same-sex partners in their policies for married couples, making them eligible for all the benefits enjoyed by couples. ‘
The Steel giant said in a statement that it has introduced a new HR policy for its employees from the LGBTQ+ community to declare their partners and avail all HR benefits of the company, according to a report published in India Today.
“It has been an endeavor of the company to create an enabling workforce for all diverse groups, respecting and embracing the differences in the individuals” the statement reads. The statement defined the term ‘partner’ as ‘ people of same-sex living like a married couple’.
The statement said that employees identifying with the LGBTQ+ community, and their partners will get health checkup, medical facilities, adoption leave, new-born parent and child care leave and inclusion in employee assistance program (EAP). Employees will also get financial assistance for gender reassignment surgery and 30 days special leave for the same, the statement said.
Along with internal policies, the company will also give the same-sex partners the opportunities to participate in international and offshore corporate events and official gatherings which were earlier open to only straight couples.
Apart from these, they will also be able to avail the Tata Executive Holiday Plan (TEHP), honeymoon package and domestic travel coverage for new employees. “The company’s vision is to be a world-class equal opportunity employer where everyone is respected and every voice is heard. It is a constant endeavor of the company to create an enabling workplace for all diverse groups, respecting and embracing the differences in the individuals,” the statement said.