Inclusive Family Leave
Families today are no longer identified solely as husband, wife and child(ren). Our family leave policy should include all types of diverse families.
In an effort to both retain owner-associates and recruit top talent, First Data enhanced its family leave policy to become more inclusive of diverse families and respective of their needs to spend time focusing on family while away from work.
The new policy, effective January 1, 2017, provides parents, regardless of gender, with the necessary time to care for their new child without the worry of financial obstacles that come with unpaid leave. The policy also distinguishes between Primary and Secondary caregivers, supporting the company's diverse families. The updated policy states:
- Any owner-associate who meets eligibility requirements and is the primary caregiver of a new child by birth or through adoption is entitled to receive 100% pay and benefits for up to 12 weeks of parental leave in a rolling 12-month period.
- Any owner-associate who meets eligibility requirements and is the primary caregiver of a new child through foster-care placement is entitled to receive 100% pay and benefits for up to 4 weeks of parental leave in a rolling 12-month period.
As recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index award for three straight years, First Data believes diversity in family means supporting not only traditional families, but single parents, and opposite and same-sex parents, who welcome a child biologically or through surrogate, adoption or foster child placement. First Data believes that this policy is essential to cultivating an atmosphere where owner-associates can thrive professionally, without sacrificing essential family obligations.
Every day, both inside and outside of our offices, people at every level of our company take part in activities and initiatives that uplift others. Their collective work speaks to the very special company that is First Data. We know that many don’t have access to all of the educational resources they need. We know that many have served most of their careers in uniform. We know that many are underprivileged or suffer from hardships.
We’re proud of the work that we do in the area of corporate citizenship, but we’re also mindful that we have a long way to go to be the company that we want to be. We can always be better.