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CA Technologies yesterday announced a new parent leave policy to promote greater work-life balance for parents, as well as gender diversity across the organisation. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the company will offer all employees globally — male and female — a minimum of 12 weeks paid leave during the first 12 months following the birth or adoption of their child.
This new benefit supports all employees by providing new parents with financial support and greater choice and flexibility in determining how they want to care for their child during the first 12 months. CA Technologies recognises that the dynamics of family life are constantly changing and the family friendly benefits provided need to adapt accordingly.
Melinda Walsh, vice president, People Business Partner, Asia Pacific and Japan, CA Technologies, said: “As part of our continued commitment to employee health and well-being, CA Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of this exciting new parent policy which will enhance our existing portfolio of family friendly benefits.”
“This new parent leave policy will assist to address the challenges faced by working families, providing support and enhancing the overall employee experience. We have a talented team within CA and we know that providing the right level of support during key milestones in their lives will help attract and retain the diverse, experienced workforce we have in Asia Pacific,” Walsh added.
According to the release, this forward-thinking approach to employee work-life balance will help CA Technologies create a more inclusive culture and position the company as an employer of choice both among existing employees and when attracting new talent. All parents are supported by this policy, making it an attractive option for working mothers and fathers.
New Parent Leave Policy
The new parent leave policy has already been launched by CA Technologies in the USA and will now be rolled out worldwide. All employees will have access to a minimum of 12 weeks paid leave during the first 12 months following the birth or adoption of their child.
Employees will be eligible for the new parent leave if they have 12 months of service at the date the child is born, or for adoptive parents where a child is matched or newly placed with them. Employees can opt for a shorter period of leave if they choose, and salaries and benefits will continue to be paid in the normal way.
Talent Management Initiatives
This new parent leave policy reflects the commitment of CA Technologies towards promoting work-life balance and an inclusive workforce. It is also part of a wider, multi award-winning talent management strategy to ensure the company’s employees have the skills needed for the future of work. These steps include leadership learning and development, unconscious bias training opportunities, targets for improving gender diversity outcomes, flexible working and other programs to support family responsibilities.
One of the initiatives that CA Technologies has implemented in Asia Pacific requires the talent acquisition team to present at least two women in the shortlisted candidates for at least 75% of all job roles, as well as ensuring a diverse interview selection panel. These guidelines will help the company hire more multicultural women and increase the representation of women in technical roles. Walsh commented: “Despite the exponential change technology is making to society, diversity challenges remain across the technology industry which threatens the opportunity for continued innovation.”
“This new parent leave policy is another example of how CA Technologies allows employees to balance their work and personal lives allowing for a diverse culture where ideas are openly shared and respected,” Walsh added.
The new parent leave policy strengthens CA’s current family-friendly benefit offerings. Some of the global benefits that all employees can access include:
- Reimbursement for shipment of milk for travelling mothers
- Gift bundles for new babies and pets
- Five days leave for bereavement of immediate family member
- Pet Benefits – time to care for your pet upon adoption or to grieve when you lose a pet
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