Three months parental leave for all CA Technologies employees

The new global scheme is part of a wider talent management strategy to ensure greater diversity across the organisation.

Software company CA Technologies has introduced a new parental leave policy that 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.

Melinda Walsh, Vice President, People Business Partner, Asia Pacific and Japan, CA Technologies, said the company hopes to support personal commitments and responsibilities with the enhanced 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,” she said.

The new parental leave policy has already been launched by CA Technologies in the US, 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 leave entitlement 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.

This new leave scheme is part of a wider talent management strategy to ensure 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, Walsh said.

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.

The new parental leave policy strengthens CA's already family-friendly benefits. 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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