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CA Technologies has announced a groundbreaking policy for new parents to promote and extend gender parity across the organisation.

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.

As well as supporting female employees following the birth of their child, the new scheme will encourage male as well as female employees to be actively involved in the initial months of caring for their new child.

This industry-first initiative will help CA Technologies to create an even more inclusive culture and position the company as an employer of choice both among existing employees and in attracting new talent.

The policy reflects CA Technologies commitment to encouraging and promoting this gender parity for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace. It is also part of a wider, multi award-winning talent management strategy to ensure the people working at CA Technologies have the skills needed for the future of work. These steps include leadership learning and development, unconscious bias training opportunities, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.

The new parental leave policy has already been launched by CA Technologies in the US and will now be rolled out worldwide. Employees will receive 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 new parent leave 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. Employees can choose to take a shorter period of leave if they choose, and salaries and benefits will continue to be paid in the normal way.

Speaking about the new initiative, Gail Wilkinson, SVP People, CA Technologies said, ““The new Parent Leave Policy is a key part of our commitment to building a culture of parity within our business and industry, so I’m delighted that we’re able to roll it out to our employees globally.”

“By supporting all genders as they expand their families, we hope to drive an even greater level of inclusion across our global business, while offering a more rewarding and sustainable employee experience.”