Under a work-life balance initiative, Sony Corporation provides paid leave programs which can be used along with Child Care Leave such as Special Child Care Leave (up to 20 days) and Accumulated Leave used for pregnancy, childbirth, child rearing, fertility treatment, and nursing care purpose. These programs are widely used by employees.
For employees who have child care or nursing care responsibilities, Sony provides support by offering systems which give the option of reduced working hours for child care or nursing care and allow employees to work at home or take paid annual leave on an hourly basis.
In fiscal 2017, Sony introduced a Career Plus program that supports career development while employees take parenting or caregiving leave, by enabling employees to keep doing some work from home and also by subsidizing language courses. The program provides greater flexibility for employees to continue their career development.