CA Technologies announces new 12-week parent leave policy to promote gender equality

CA Technologies will offer the new policy to both male and female staff, in the hopes of supporting women and encouraging men to be actively involved in the initial months of caring for their new child.

Gail Wilkinson, SVP People at CA Technologies, said: “Equality, diversity and inclusion have a vital role to play in business success and this new policy—a first for the technology industry—will help drive an even greater level of gender balance across our global business while offering a more rewarding employee experience.”

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“The technology industry has particular gender parity challenges and we are confident that this new parent policy will also play a wider leadership role in promoting a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive society.”

The new parent leave policy has been already launched in the US and will now be rolled out globally. All employees will be eligible if they have 12 months service at the date the child is born, or for adoptive parents where a child is matched or newly placed with them.

The announcement follows a recent report by McKinsey, Delivering Through Diversity, which found that the companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 15% more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile.

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“Despite the exponential change technology is making to society, a gender gap remains across the technology industry which threatens the opportunity for continued innovation,” says Gail Wilkinson, SVP People, CA Technologies.

“This new parent leave policy is another example of how CA Technologies allows employees to balance their work and personal lives in a diverse culture where ideas are openly shared and respected.”

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Andrew Ross

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