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Aviva - male and female staff to receive equal paid parental leave

The insurance company Aviva has said that it will allow up to one full year off for parents. Regardless of gender, six months of this will be on full basic pay.

Aviva says that this move is meant to remove impediments in careers for their female staff members. Across the board, new parents will be entitled to six months paid leave, regardless of gender, how they became parents, or sexual orientation.

This option now leaves the door open for parents who plan to use surrogate or adoption options. Aviva wants to create a diverse and inclusive working culture, where there are no barriers in career progression for any employees.

Regional Officer for Unite, Andy Case said that the policy was good for helping to progress equality and diversity in the workplace. The parental leave policy is a significant step forward. It is a positive step in the right direction towards equality for every employee in the company.

Mr Case said that the union was interested in hearing the views of other members on the initiative taken by Aviva, which they would then feed back to the insurance company, as part of their own ongoing commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.

Aviva plans to launch the new policy in a few selected locations first. These will include the UK, France, Ireland, Canada, and Singapore. The policy will be available for employees who became parents on or after 19th November. After this, the policy will be extended to the other branches within the next year.

The company wanted to make it clear that time off and pay may differ by country. UK staff will have the option of up to one year off, with half of that time being paid. The new policy will be offered to any employee, regardless of the length of time they have been with the company or how much they earn.

The new policy is also an option for part-time employees, and they do not have to share leave between parents, should both parents work for the company.

Mark Wilson, Aviva Chief Executive said that he would choose to work in a world where the only success criteria is the ability to do one's job, rather than progressing up the career ladder because of their gender, religion, or sexual orientation. This will happen when parents are treated equally.

Mr Wilson went on to say that he wanted Aviva to be an inclusive, progressive, and a welcoming place of work for all their employees. When this attitude is in place in a company, it means a solid workforce, and also makes good business sense.


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