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RSA introduces enhancements to its "family friendly" policies

RSA introduces enhancements to its "family friendly" policies | Insurance Business UK

RSA introduces enhancements to its "family friendly" policies

RSA Insurance is implementing improvements to its employee policies to make them more “family friendly.”

Starting next year on January 2022, RSA’s maternity & adoption, paternity, and shared parental leave policies for its employees will be enhanced. The specifics of the enhancements are as follows:

  • Maternity & adoption: Full pay increased from 18 to 26 weeks and a reduction in the qualifying period from 12 to 6 months.
  • Paternity leave: Increase paternity leave to 6 weeks on full pay, from 2 weeks previously.
  • Shared parental leave: Full pay up to 26 weeks. Currently statutory provision if shared parental leave is taken.

The enhancements come several months after RSA had introduced similar employee policies – namely IVF & fertility leave, neonatal leave, and miscarriage leave – in April.

“Insurance is a people business and employees have always been our greatest asset. Anything we can do that helps colleagues to feel more comfortable and supported in their roles is something we will always look at. Enhancing our policies we have in place was the natural next step and the right thing to do,” said RSA UK & international HR director Karen Caddick.

Last month, RSA Insurance also announced that it has committed to becoming an accredited menopause-friendly employer. According to the insurer, the accreditation helps signify that an employer cares about the wellbeing of its colleagues and has a clear understanding of how menopause can have an effect at work.

Read more: RSA working towards menopause-friendly accreditation

“Nothing in any of our lives stands still, people’s needs evolve and circumstances alter. From an employer’s perspective, this means we have a responsibility to constantly look at the policies we do have, the policies we don’t have and understand where we need to provide greater support and focus,” commented Caddick. “We regularly listen to our colleagues, and will continue to do so, as this is one of several ways we can offer a working environment that is truly employee-centric.”