launches global parental leave policy

Partnership management platform has introduced a new global parental leave policy that outlines the enhanced support available to employees.

The initiative enables eligible staff at the organisation to take up to 26 weeks of fully paid parental leave, with payments set to be integrated with any government-provided wage replacement benefits under applicable law.

Shared parental leave will also be offered to UK-based staff while employee assistance programmes will provide confidential counselling, advice and support 24 hours a day.

The business, which has more than 750 workers across the world, also outlined its adoption leave and pay procedures in the new policy document.

Furthermore, all employees will be allowed to request time off during working hours to deal with unforeseen matters and emergencies relating to dependants, with no minimum qualifying periods for emergency and compassionate leave.

Bharat Siyani, global HR director of, said the business fully supports diversity and inclusion, with its latest policy working to provide an “equal and consistent approach” for anyone becoming a parent or taking on parental responsibility, including those opting for foster care, IVF or surrogacy.

“We are determined to make it easier for those balancing caring responsibilities with a fulfilling working life and, of course, to make an even more desirable place to work as we see in the new year,” Siyani said.

Michael Guzzetti, HR manager at, added that the organisation had decided to put staff first when introducing a number of initiatives including uncapped time off and flexible working in addition to increasing the benefits and health insurance cover available.

“In addition to the benefits provided under this policy, employees can ask to change their working pattern at any time, enabling them to shift normal working hours to different configurations which may be more amenable to their individual, desired work-life balance,” he said.