Get with the Times… A hands on Dads view on Equal Parental Leave – #Equalparentaleave #AD.
Becoming a Dad is one of the most memorable experiences that I will ever have and the role I have taken on as a father is my most important in life. One thing when on my journey to fatherhood that I never really thought of was the ins and outs of what I would be entitled to for Paternity leave. Shared Parental Leave and Equal Parental Leave, were terms I had never even heard of!
Being a Dad/Step Dad to 5 girls this subject I find is very important, especially as throughout my Career as a Butcher and during my time as a Warehouse Supervisor in the Motor Parts Industry I was only entitled to the UK Government’s Statutory Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay.
It is beneficial for our children in the early stages, to cement that Parent and Child bond. At the end of the day our children are our Future, surely there are better policies and things that could be put in place for employees within Large companies. Not forgetting some elements of change that could be made to Statutory Government policies and also for those who are self employed.
Now I would like you to read on to discover how one of the UK’s Industry Leading Companies offers their employees who are parents Equal Parental Leave.
Being completely honest, I wish at the time my children were born, I had access to this kind of policy to make use of.
Aviva Leading the way at the Forefront for Parents in the UK.
Since becoming the stay at home dad with my girls (now 5 of them by the way – 3 daughters, 2 step daughters – which you can read more on here) I have learnt more than I ever thought I could with regards what was actually accessible and available out there for Parents.
Here is a collage of me and my 2 youngest Daughters when they were born, accompanied by my eldest daughter.
With my 2 younger daughters, Pig and Beast, I was in full time employment when they were both born. On both occasions, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I was only entitled to the government’s Statutory Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay.
Now for the Parents out there who are unsure of what the Government policy is for Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay or Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay is then you can find more about them from the gov.uk website by clicking these – Statutory Maternity Leave & Pay and Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay.
I was taken aback a little when Aviva contacted me in regards to an Important Campaign they were launching and wanted me to get involved in spreading the word with them on their #EqualParentalLeave campaign.
I mean, we have all heard of Aviva, we have seen the adverts on the telly box and heard on the radio as well. However, I soon learnt one thing that I never knew about them.
Aviva is a savings, retirement and insurance business serving 18 million customers in its core markets.. Their main purpose is to be with you today, for a better tomorrow.
I actually never realised how supportive of an employer they are for Parents, both Mums as well as Dads. They are leading the way in terms of Policies which will help to benefit Families employed by Aviva in the UK.
Aviva’s Equal Parental Leave is offered to Aviva Staff in the UK irrespective of gender, sexual Orientation, or even how they became parents, for example whether that be conceiving naturally or adoption
What is this Amazing Policy that is concreting Aviva as one of the Leading Employers in the UK regarding Equal Parental Leave?
Aviva as an employer offer their staff up to a year of parental leave, with 6 months at full pay for each Parent who is employed by the company within the first 12 months following the birth of their child. This applies to all of Aviva’s staff in its UK offices.
Now that Aviva have launched their Equal Parental Leave Campaign, they are aiming to get other Large Companies within the UK to follow in their footsteps.
Aviva wants to promote these changes that are, in my opinion needed, especially following the last 18 months due to the Coronavirus and lockdowns having such an impact on Families and Parents where pregnancy and childbirth is concerned.
Aviva are shining a light on this and calling others to join them in light of the companies policies 3rd Anniversary, yep that is correct. Aviva have had their Equal Parental Leave Policy for Three Years.
For the companies 3rd Anniversary of their Equal Parental Leave Policy, Aviva has released a new report which focuses on the uptake of the scheme throughout 2020 during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
I think after so much of the UK population experienced working from home, having to be available and more hands on for their family and children, this Policy is one that should be looked up to and followed by not just other Large companies but the UK government too. I believe they should look to change the Statutory policies regarding Maternity Leave and Pay and Paternity Leave and Pay.
Findings from the Report Released from Aviva regarding Equal Parental Leave during the Pandemic.
You can read the full Report from Aviva Here, It highlights some important points which following on from the pandemic show why a change to Equal Parental Leave and Shared Parental Leave needs to be addressed and brought up to date with the times.
Aviva have spoken with Dads within the Company regarding their Equal Parental Leave Policy.
Aviva have spoken with Dads that are employed within the company here in the UK, you can read more from the Aviva Dads interviewed Here.
They highlighted that over 600 plus Aviva colleagues took advantage of the equal parental leave policy in 2020, this especially showing its popularity in the pandemic. Some Aviva dads even reflected on their life in lockdown as a new parent.
Kenny Kerr works within the Digital Knowledge team for Aviva here in the UK. He’s worked for the company for almost ten years and took equal parental leave from December 2019 to June 2020 before the pandemic hit and the nation was placed under lockdown.
This is some of the following that Kenny had to share regarding Aviva as an employer and how their Equal Parenting Policy helped him and his partner following the birth of their son.
Overall Aviva are at the front leading the pack with Regards Equal Parental leave and Shared Parental Leave.
As an employer from someone from the outside like myself and a Dad who I’d like to think as a hands on Dad, I wish more employers would follow in their footsteps and offer employees the same or a similar policy with regards to Equal Parental Leave.
I know if I could have had the opportunity to do so I would have taken full advantage of it to spend time with my family following such a large change in the dynamic within our home and family life, but also to enjoy the time, make memories that with your child you will only have once, being the Stay at Home Dad full time to my Girls has shown me that, our bond has become stronger and the memories we have made are irreplaceable and ones I shall never forget.
Now I have a few questions for you, if companies such as Aviva can offer this kind of policy to their employees, what is actually stopping other large companies following suit?
Please do Leave a Comment and discuss this topic as I strongly believe it is an important subject that is ready for a change for us parents here in the UK, also Share the post so that we can reach more parents with regards to this important topic and see what their thoughts and experiences are of Parental Leave with their employers past or present.