Virginia based insurance company gives new parents more time off

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RICHMOND (WSLS 10) - The Richmond based insurance company, Elephant Auto Insurance, announced recently announced significant changes to its parental leave policy, including three months fully paid maternity leave for all expectant mothers and two weeks paid paternity leave.

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Elephant Auto Insurance, the Richmond-based insurance specialist, announced significant changes to its parental leave policy, including three months fully paid maternity leave for all expectant mothers and two weeks paid paternity leave.

"Our employees have told us how important it is for them to be able to spend more time with their newborns, and we've listened," said Louisa Scadden, Head of People Services at Elephant. "We want to create an environment that supports the lives of our employees – both in and out of the office.  We believe our new parental leave policy is one of the most generous in the industry, if not the country.  Being a new parent is stressful enough.  We'd like to think we can help alleviate that in some small way for parents of all kinds."

In 2016, Elephant has already welcomed five new babies. One of those parents, Alicia Taylor, a Customer Service Supervisor at Elephant, is thankful for the new policy.  "I'm so grateful to Elephant for introducing this.  It really gives me peace of mind to know I will be able to look after my new baby and not have to worry about my bills at the same time," Alicia explained.

"We know that the demands on new mothers don't stop after 12 weeks, so we're also granting an additional week of paid time off in the child's first year to help with doctor appointments and other needed activities," Scadden explains.  "We'd also like to reward those mothers that do return to work by giving them an extra two weeks of full pay six months after they return from work.  We also know that dads or partners need time off too – and so we are giving them two weeks of paid leave as well."

Elephant currently employs over 500 staff in the Richmond area and continues to grow rapidly. Recently named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia, recruiting and retaining talent is a top priority for the business. To see Elephant's current openings, visit www.elephant.com/careers

Kevin Chidwick, Elephant's CEO, readily admits he expects the business to benefit greatly from the new policy as well - "We are growing fast – we need lots of new recruits, and we want to keep the talented staff we already have.  This policy will certainly help us achieve both of those goals.  Besides, more babies ultimately leads to more car insurance customers – the more, the merrier!  We're long term planners here at Elephant!"

To see full details of Elephant's new Parental Leave Policy, please visit: www.elephant.com/careers/benefits/parental-leave-policy

About Elephant Auto Insurance

Founded in 2009, Elephant is a direct-to-consumer insurance company offering auto, home, motorcycle, and life products to customers nationally.  Elephant prides itself on providing quality services and great prices.  Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Elephant is a wholly owned subsidiary of Admiral Group, plc, one of the leading insurance companies in the United Kingdom. Elephant believes people who like what they do, do it better and therefore encourages a climate of individual contributions, long-term commitment and profitable growth within the organization. Elephant Auto Insurance was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia and has also been awarded with a 2015 Stevie Award for the success of their contact center. To learn more about Elephant or to get an insurance quote go to elephant.com, or call 1-855-ELEPHANT.

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