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And they called it… Puppy Love

BY Heather Kemmett
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

Scottish craft beer giant BrewDog has taken a dogged step in improving employee satisfaction by introducing ‘Pawternity Leave’ for all team members.


Brew Dog understand that for their staff, beer and their canine pals are the two of the most important things in life. That’s why BrewDog allow employees to bring their dogs into work and now, the dog-friendly employer has introduced ‘Pawternity Leave’. Although family friendly employment legislation currently does not cover doggy parents, the move from BrewDog sits well with their relaxed workplace environment.


The pup-friendly policy will allow staff to take up to a week’s paid leave in order to welcome and settle in new dogs. We spoke to BrewDog about the policy and they told us a bit more: “We introduced Puppy Parental Leave since we noticed so many of our teams were taking holiday days to care for new canines at home. Giving people the opportunity to take 7 days leave when they're settling a new dog in at home adds to our existing raft of awesome benefits, as we strive to be the best company to work for. Ever.”


The introduction of this policy certainly fits with the current trend of providing additional employment policies to ensure employee retention and satisfaction, following the introduction of Duvet Day policies and Grandparent leave at other companies. Such policies are growing in popularity and indeed can set some employers apart for prospective job applicants.

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