New programme gives staff two weeks extra paid leave for the moments that matter

Molson Coors Brewing Company in the UK and Ireland has launched a new employee initiative, which offers staff up to two weeks extra paid leave annually. The policy, called ‘Life Leave’, rolled out this month forms a key part of the brewer’s new ‘Moments that Matter’ programme, which has been designed to offer employees an industry-leading approach to work life balance.

In recognition of the growing demand for flexible working policies, Molson Coors’s employees will be able to use Life Leave on top of their existing holiday entitlement and all other leave policies, including sickness and compassionate absence. Life Leave can be used for the significant moments in life and could be anything from taking time to settle in a new puppy at home, moving house, studying for exams, or the days leading up to a wedding.

Phil Whitehead, Managing Director UK & Ireland, at Molson Coors, said: “The way we all work has changed. For our people to perform at their best, we recognise they need an employer that provides flexibility and understands their personal priorities. There are often things going on in our lives which we would normally use annual leave to sort out, but this eats into actual downtime. We wanted to change that and give our people the ability to take care of what matters in their life without running down holiday days.”

Adam Firby, HR Director UK & Ireland, at Molson Coors, added: “We’re really proud of the team culture we’ve created. Many of our employees already work on a flexible basis, but we wanted to take this one step further. Launching ‘Life Leave’ allows people to use their holiday as it’s meant to be – a break – whilst knowing they’ve got the breathing space to tap into extra leave for the planned and unplanned life moments.

“One of our driving principles is to empower our people to come to work as themselves, without feeling pressure to fit a corporate mould or to always keep their personal life away from work. This mindset puts us in a really good place to embed this scheme and with our ‘Moments that Matter’ programme we hope we can continue to nurture and attract the best talent in the industry.”

Molson Coors employs over 2,000 people around the UK and has been recognised for its steps to improve workplace wellbeing in the industry. Most recently the brewer received a Silver accolade from mental health charity, MIND, in their annual Workplace Wellbeing Index.

The introduction on Life Leave further empowers staff to have a better work life balance and improve overall wellbeing in the workplace. Life Leave will be drawn down by employees annually on top of their standard 31 days of annual leave, on a personal basis, recognising that the moments that matter are unique for every individual.


About Molson Coors

Molson Coors is one of the largest global brewers with a UK heritage going back to the 18th century. We have five breweries in the UK and Ireland, with our UK home in the renowned brewing town, Burton-upon-Trent, and a nearly 300-year-old cider press in Suffolk.

Our growing beer and cider portfolio includes Pravha, Staropramen, Blue Moon, Offshore, Rekorderlig and Aspall Cyder, alongside Coors Light, Carling - the UK’s number one selling lager, and the UK’s number one selling cask ale - Doom Bar.

Molson Coors operates through Molson Coors Canada, MillerCoors in the U.S., Molson Coors Europe and Molson Coors International. The company is not only committed to brewing extraordinary beers, but also running a business focused on respect for its employees, communities and drinkers, which means corporate responsibility and accountability right from the start. It has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past seven years. To learn more about Molson Coors Brewing Company, visit, or on Twitter through @MolsonCoors.

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