The American division of Barclays announced a new policy on Wednesday that grants “non-primary caregivers” substantially more parental leave and gives primary caregivers more flexibility in when they are allowed to take theirs. Non-primary caregivers (which among opposite-sex couples usually means fathers) are now entitled to six weeks’ paid leave “following their child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement,” compared to just one week before. Primary caregivers are still allowed 16 weeks’ leave, but now have the option of taking it in two segments rather than one big chunk, within the first year. Secondary caregivers are also allowed to take their leave in two parts.
The new policy also expands benefits for employees who are called to active duty military service, who will now receive “100 percent of their Barclays pay, less any military pay offset, for up to five years while under an approved Military Leave.”