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7 companies with the weirdest policies

13 July 2016, 14:35 Lynn Butler

The period policy

Coexist, a British community venue company has a menstruation policy that allows women to take time off during their period. According to Refinery29, the Bristol-based company introduced the policy after their director found that women struggled to do work when on their period.

The policy which goes into effect from 15 March 2016 is not mandatory, but optional. This may be the first company policy of its kind in the UK, but the period policy has been effective in countries like Taiwan and South Korea for some time.

Smoking pot on the job

MassRoots is a Denver based start-up tech company for cannabis users.  Although the Denver company that launched in 2013 has only 27 employees, it stresses that workers finish the job even if they get a little help from their beloved marijuana. However, this company’s main objective is to promote safe drug policies and the impact it has on their employees i.e. to stimulant and relax the mind.

New moms and dads get paid for having a baby

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An Australian rail company, Aurizon, has offered to pay new mothers more money if their partners stay at home and look after the newborn. According to the Telegraph, the company will pay new mothers 150% of their salary within the first year of the birth provided their partner looks after the baby.

First-time fathers will be also be paid half of their salary if they take six months to stay home and look after the infant. This is to insure that women don’t take full responsibility for childcare in Australian households. The policies are even implemented for LGBT couples, single parents and those who have adopted.

Working 9 to 5? No way.

Workers at a Liverpool-based agent marketing company can enjoy the leisure of working six hours a day with a one hour break. The idea originated from a Scandinavian business model aimed to improve work efficiency and the wellbeing of employees. The workers told the Huffington Post, that since shortening their hours they have had more time for hobbies and to relax.

Take time off, whenever

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Imagine taking off whenever you’d like without having to mention it to your boss. Well, you can do that if you happen to work for Netflix and Virgin Active. A new vacation policy permits all permanent staff to take off whenever they want and for as long as they want, no questions asked.

However, it is the employees’ responsibility, says CEO of Virgin Active, Richard Bransonto make sure the job is done.

Baseball’s policy on beards

Sorry hipsters. Major League Baseball (MLB) players who play for the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds have implemented a no facial hair policy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Yankees have prohibited their players from growing any facial hair besides the mustache since 1970. If a player forgets to shave his beard, the Yankees fine them for not complying and they may be forced to remove it before playing. Quite harsh, but I guess that’s what it takes to play for one of the world’s best baseball teams.

Skirts only on Fox & Friends

According to Jezebel, if you are a female host on the primetime Fox show, Fox & Friends, you are not allowed to wear pants. The popular channel known for its conservative reporting does not have a lot of female hosts and although they do give leeway to some stars, such as Ellen Degeneres, they only allow women to wear skirts. Archaic much?

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