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 Mothers and fathers gets six months parental leave

Last updated on May 8, 2019

As part of a glob­al ini­tia­tive, Swedish car­mak­er Vol­vo Car South Africa launch­es a paid gen­der-neu­tral parental leave pol­i­cy.

Known across the globe for its gen­er­ous parental leave arrange­ments, Volvo’s parental leave pol­i­cy will be the first if its kind in the South African motor­ing indus­try.

It offers moth­ers and fathers six months leave with 80 per­cent pay.

This also applies to same-sex and par­ents of adopt­ed chil­dren.

Vol­vo Car South Africa Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Greg Maruszews­ki said they expect the ini­tia­tive to deliv­er tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for both par­ents and chil­dren.

“As part of Vol­vo Cars long term strat­e­gy of being an employ­er of choice in South Africa.

The new parental leave pol­i­cy is a wel­comed ini­tia­tive cre­at­ing an inclu­sive cul­ture that will con­tin­ue to keep and attract a diverse group of employ­ees.

It will improve work-life bal­ance, boost fam­i­ly time and fits with a pro­gres­sive human-cen­tric com­pa­ny,” said Maruszews­ki.

Maruszews­ki said South Africa often pays parental leave with a large dis­crep­an­cy between what is avail­able to moth­ers and fathers.

More­over,  added Maruswes­ki, equal parental leave offers the poten­tial to boost labour mar­ket and career oppor­tu­ni­ties for women by reduc­ing career and pay gaps.

“The win­ners in this bat­tle for tal­ent will be the com­pa­nies that val­ue diver­si­ty, gen­der equal­i­ty, mod­ern and flex­i­ble work­ing prac­tices and employ­ee well-being.

Attract­ing and keep­ing the best peo­ple is cru­cial and we know that skilled tal­ent will be more selec­tive in their choice of employ­er,” said Maruswes­ki

He said the new pol­i­cy forms part of Vol­vo Car SA’s peo­ple strat­e­gy to attract and keep the best peo­ple through gen­er­ous and inclu­sive paid parental leave pack­ages.

“The pol­i­cy posi­tion Vol­vo Car SA as an employ­er of choice to both exist­ing and future employ­ees,” added Maruswes­ki.

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