Equal parental leave at Aviva
Aviva Singapore has announced a new parental leave policy for new parents – regardless of gender.
Under the new policy, all new dads and mums employed by Aviva are entitled to sixteen weeks parental leave, at full pay, within the first year of the child’s arrival.
It applies to all Singapore-based permanent Aviva employees – who have served at the company for at least three months continuously – across all levels of the company, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or nationality.
The policy covers adoption as well as birth, and there is no limit on the number of children for which it can be applied to. Meanwhile, any employee that welcomes a child twice within a year would still be entitled to the sixteen weeks for each child.
If both parents are employed by Aviva, they will each receive their own entitlement to leave and pay – which can be taken at the same time.
The policy took effect on November 19 this year, and is in addition to other parental leave arrangements at the company, such as Childcare Leave (six days) and New Infant Care Leave (also six days, but unpaid).
In addition to Singapore, the policy has been rolled out in the UK, Ireland, France, and Canada.
“Welcoming a child to the family is one of the happiest moments for a parent. Amidst the joy and excitement, work should be the last thing on their minds,” said Nishit Majmudar, CEO at Aviva Singapore.
“At Aviva, we want to foster a culture which encourages our people to be closely involved in their child’s early years – a precious experience that we believe should be shared equally among both dads and mums,” he added.