Japan’s Daiwa Securities Group will launch a novel program to support employees who are trying to get pregnant. The company says it will allow people who are receiving fertility treatment to work from home for a certain number of days each month.
The decision by the securities firm, which takes effect in October, comes as Japan struggles with a declining birthrate and shrinking population.
Daiwa already allows employees to work from home if they are caring for sick or aging family members or receiving treatment for cancer.
Employees undergoing fertility treatment will be allowed to work from home for up to 5 days a month, and they will be allowed to notify the office on the day should urgent treatment become necessary.
A nonprofit organization that supports workers undergoing fertility treatment says some firms offer financial help or long-term leave, but few companies allow work from home.