Meesho announces new unlimited wellness leave policy

Ecommerce Unicorn Meesho has introduced a new unlimited paid leave policy for medical and mental health reasons. Employees can take up to 365 days of paid leave, and this also applies if the employee or a close family member requires frequent or constant hospitalization due to a critical illness.

First reported by Economic Times, employees are entitled to full salary for the entire period of their illness, and 25 percent of the income for a maximum of three months in case of illness of a family member. In addition to financial compensation, employees will continue to receive additional benefits, such as insurance and deposits from provident funds.

The policy also reportedly applies to employees who wish to take time off work to pursue individual goals, although it does not apply to general, non-medical leave.

“We saw cases where employees needed long leave to pursue personal goals, or needed longer time off when they were sick, or when a family member was seriously ill. This new policy is a recognition of those needs,” Ashish Kumar Singh , CHRO at Meesho, told Economic Times

Ashish said they don’t expect many employees to take advantage of this policy, but hopefully it can be of great benefit to those employees who need it.

Despite recent layoffs, Meesho employs about 2,000 people. It raised $300 million last year under the leadership of Softbank to become a unicorn.

Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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