- This measure means that we now have the longest parental-leave provision of any industrial company in Spain
- The initiative aims to promote the co-responsibility and equality of men and women
The Valencia-based company Power Electronics has approved the extension of its employees’ parental-leave provision to sixteen weeks, thereby doubling the eight weeks that Spanish law has stipulated since 1 April of this year. This measure, which is both pioneering and currently unique among Spanish industrial companies at a national level, extends parental/adoption leave to sixteen weeks. Under the terms of current Spanish law, it only applies to women.
As Pedro Saiz, the company’s director of human resources, emphasizes:
“This important initiative is a major step in promoting the co-responsibility and equality of men and women in the workplace”. He also stresses “the importance that decisions of this type have in a society that seeks to create real equality based on the equal rights and obligations of employees of either sex”.
This measure forms part of the equality initiatives that the company has enacted in recent years, including increased recruitment of women, hours designed to help create a work-life balance and an improvement of working conditions in general. Power Electronics has in this sense applied such specific initiatives as an 8 am to 5 pm timetable with flexible starting times, teleworking and an intensive working day in summer and over the Christmas period. The company has also incorporated new services for its employees, such as a subsidized canteen, free charging of electric vehicles, collection of items ordered online, an in-house gym and transfers to the company campus by public transport.
This new measure coincides with the relocation of the production plant and offices to our new facilities in the town of Llíria in Valencia. This new measure coincides with the relocation of the production plant and offices to our new facilities in the town of Llíria in Valencia. These have been designed to meet the company’s needs regarding industrial activity, logistics and corporate life; and also with the training, well-being and leisure of its employees in mind.
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