AXA UK parental leave policy
Extending your family is in equal measure, a joy and an intense journey, and taking care of a child in the first days, weeks and months is a full-time job. That’s why we want to make sure that our working parents are supported throughout the journey and our parental leave is designed to give all parents the best opportunity to succeed and take full advantage of this adventure.
Am I eligible for paid parental leave?
To take advantage of paid parental leave you must have worked for AXA continually for 26 weeks. If you have not completed 26 weeks’ service, you will not be eligible for the payment but can still enjoy time off to be with your new family member.
How many weeks’ leave am I entitled to?
If you are pregnant, adopting, fostering or extending your family through a surrogacy arrangement, you may be entitled to up to 52 weeks’ leave.
We know that sometimes it’s necessary for parents to take extra time off. We’ll support you through this too. Employees with a year’s continuous service who are planning to care for or spend time with their children can take up to 18 weeks unpaid parental leave for each child under 18.
How many weeks’ pay am I entitled to?
As a pregnant parent or primary adopting parent, you will be entitled to 16 weeks’ full pay (inclusive of statutory maternity or adoption pay) and 23 weeks of statutory maternity or adoption pay.
Co-parents can take four weeks’ paid leave, taking it in either one block of four weeks or as two separate blocks of up to two weeks each.
Our shared parental leave policy allows parents who have been employees for at least 26 weeks to share the leave and pay available. You’ll have the flexibility to decide how you and your partner share your leave, as long as the birthing parent takes at least 2 weeks as required by law. You can also take reasonable time off (paid and unpaid) to deal with situations that arise in your personal life under our Time Off policy.
Together, stronger, better.
We wholly believe in the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce – a company where one can be both a parent and a professional, a company that trusts its employees and understands the importance of well-being in the workplace.
When more people can make the best of their abilities in the office, it’s good for us as an employer and as a business. Having employees with the ability to appreciate other people’s perspectives goes a long way towards helping us understand our customers’ challenges, motivations and attitudes — enabling us to design and market products and services that meet their needs more effectively too.
Creating an inclusive environment
Cultivating an environment in which everyone feels valued and recognised is really important to us. To help achieve this, we’ve created and launched a new digital Diversity and Inclusion training course. The training focuses on three areas: embracing diversity, unconscious bias – what it is and how to challenge it, the role you play.
The course highlights the benefits of having diverse teams and the role everyone can play in driving an inclusive culture. We firmly believe that a successful diversity and inclusion programme needs to emphasise the power of diverse teams within all areas of our business.
Flexible working hours
Employees with caring responsibilities, at all levels of the business can take advantage of flexible working. Our Ways of Working policy brings together all the different ways of working under one roof in a simple format. We know 9-5 doesn’t suit everyone and being able to balance home and work is key to an engaged workforce.