BME employees
Corporate and Social
Responsibility Report 2013
BME
3.2.2. Work/life balance policy and benefits.
BME promotes flexibility and work/life balance for its
permanent and temporary workers through a number of
policies: unpaid and paid leave and working day reduc-
tions for legal guardianship and nursing.
Other work/life balance measures benefitting all employ-
ees include flexible starting and finishing times, 5.5 hour
work day on Fridays and eves of holidays, and the possi-
bility of requesting vacation days at any time and split
over different periods.
As a result of the entry into force of the new statutory col-
lective labour agreement, the company plans to create
an internal committee to analyse the viability of telecom-
muting, which could potentially enhance the work/life
balance of employees.
BME employees also have access to other
social benefits
that encourage a healthy a work/life balance. These are
mainly in the form of financial support.
BME Group Social benefits
2011
2012
2013
Unpaid leave
34
67
32
Paid leave (*)
688
710
691
Working day reduction for legal guardianship duties
21
24
45
Working day reduction for nursing
12
6
17
(*) Paid leave includes: bank holidays as per the collective agreement; leave for marriage, birth or adoption of a child, serious illness or death, moving house,
official examinations, medical appointments, and mandatory personal or public duty.
BME Group Other social benefits
2011
2012
2013
Aid for the physically and mentally disabled and attention to diversity
18
21
22
Grants for children of employees
19
36
34
Nursery vouchers
43
40
38
Assistance for studies for children of employees
397
406
405
Assistance for employees' studies
18
39
28
Baby bonus
30
22
25
Wedding bonus
7
12
12
Interest-free salary advances
89
90
91
(1)
Personal loans
50
51
64
(2)
(1) At 31 December 2013, 291 interest-free salary advances had been processed, benefitting the 91 employees indicated above.
(2) Including the 64 employees who applied for personal loans in 2013, at 31 December 2013 167 employees were benefitting from personal loans granted
by the company.
BME has provided all employees with a life insurance
policy covering death by any cause, accidental death or
death in a traffic accident, permanent and full disability.
The company also facilitates annual medical check-ups
for employees as well as a health insurance policy, which
is complementary to public social security health care.
Employees who are temporarily disabled are entitled to
receive 100% of their full salary, except for travel allow-
ance and food vouchers.
Lastly, a commission has been created that will examine
the creation of a pension for all the employees of the com-
panies affected by the statutory collective agreement.
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