Supporting Rollers’ Reproductive Rights
On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned the constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. As a global company with a distributed workforce across the U.S., we knew this decision would impact Rollers everywhere.
NextRoll remains committed to supporting women – regardless of political party lines or religious beliefs – and to ensuring our employees and their families can access safe health care. We support access to safe reproductive healthcare and will take steps to ensure our workforce, regardless of state of residence, continues to have equitable healthcare rights.
With this in mind, we're sharing the changes we’re making in light of the updates to reproductive rights in the U.S.
We’re extending our U.S. medical benefits to include travel expense support for abortion-related medical services covered under our U.S. health plans when those care options are not legally available where employees live. We’ll reimburse up to $3,000 for travel to a location to get access to care, including travel and lodging expenses that are not covered by medical insurance.
We’re also ensuring Rollers can access these benefits in a confidential way by partnering with our external benefits brokers to create a single point of contact. This process will ensure employee privacy when accessing certain types of healthcare.
We’re implementing a new paid Emergency Time Off policy. Rollers can avail themselves of up to 10 days off for safe reproductive care. Rollers will not have to choose between a loss of pay and safe medical care. This includes time for reproductive health travel, procedure, and postoperative physical and emotional healing time.
For Rollers who plan on moving to states with more equitable access to healthcare, we’re supporting the movement of our workforce where we are able to conduct business in line with our Hybrid Work Model.
To give context to what influences these changes, here are insights into our stances around reproductive rights and creating an equitable workplace.
Public Health Issues Are Workplace Issues
As business leaders, we’re responsible for protecting the health and well-being of our employees. This was more clear than ever as we navigated workplace changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, in addition to providing comprehensive medical benefits, which we cover 100% for full-time Rollers in the U.S., we’re taking steps to ensure our team has consistent access to quality reproductive care.
Restricting Reproductive Healthcare Is a DE&I Issue
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are major pillars in our NextRoll culture. Policies that restrict reproductive health care impair our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving.
People who cannot get an abortion suffer economic and health consequences, and these consequences have a disproportionate impact on people of color. Having the financial means to travel to another state for an abortion, and feeling well enough to do so while pregnant, are both privileges not all women have. And now, women in some states have fewer rights than women in others, which leads to an unjust and inequitable future for American women.
Restricting Reproductive Healthcare is an Economic Issue
Women at NextRoll contribute to our growth, innovation, and momentum every day. They’re some of the women who make up 47% of the global workforce. And access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been a critical factor in the workplace gains and contributions women have made over the past 50 years. So we’re going to ensure the women at NextRoll feel supported in their very personal medical decisions.
Meeting the Moment
As the world continues to change, so will our policies at NextRoll. The changes we’re making today to protect the health and well-being of our employees align with NextRoll values and our commitments to support our diverse Roller population.
What won’t change is our commitment to DEI, which reflects the diverse communities in which we live and work and our team's overall physical and mental well-being. Providing these benefits is just one of the ways we're striving to make our values a lived reality, as well as our efforts towards paid family and medical leave, protections for pregnant workers, and gender and racial equity more broadly.
Our People team is closely and carefully accessing our policies and collecting Roller sentiment and feedback, so we can continue to evolve and meet the needs of Rollers everywhere.
We continue to encourage our employees to be part of our democracy and make their voices heard through civic engagement, as demonstrated by our NextRoll membership with Civic Alliance.