Similarly, in partnership with our Veterans Community Network (VCN), Bristol Myers Squibb improved its U.S. Military Leave Plan in 2020, enhancing our offerings for employees serving their country. This plan addresses the unique needs arising from a family member’s military service deployment. Under this policy, Bristol Myers Squibb offers full pay for 24 months, eligible upon hire, for full- and part-time U.S. and Puerto Rico employees engaged in uniformed services. Additionally, a new paid two-week readjustment period introduced in 2021 covers the time between the conclusion of the employee’s military service and his or her return to work, along with enhanced Employee Assistance Program services.
“The Veterans Community Network gives employees a voice,” says J.J. Wilson, Senior Territory Business Manager, Specialty Retail Sales Cardiovascular. “These actions speak louder than words, and this policy will give my family the opportunity to continue my service without risk of comprising my ability to continue my career with Bristol Myers Squibb and provide the best service to my customers and their patients.”
Ensuring all Employees Can Show Up as Their Authentic Selves
Among its priorities, the PRIDE Alliance worked with our HR team to build a culture that empowers LGBTQ+ inclusion and engagement. Since the mid 1990s, Bristol Myers Squibb has offered same-sex domestic partner health benefits. In 2018, Bristol Myers Squibb expanded its benefits offering to the LGBTQ+ community and implemented Trans Inclusive Guidelines in the U.S. that help colleagues and teams navigate the transition process, and offers gender-affirming healthcare in our benefits offerings. In 2020, we expanded the guidelines to include Canada and, beginning in 2021, we will deploy our global inclusive benefits strategy in more of our markets.