Any parent will tell you that raising children is hard. But for many working moms and dads, it may be a little easier to manage now that significantly more companies are providing paid parental
leave compared to a few short years ago, according to SHRM’s 2018
Employee Benefits research report.
In 2018, 35 percent of organizations
ofered paid maternity leave, up from
30 percent in 2017 and 26 percent in
2016. (Questions on this beneft were
updated that year and aren’t comparable with earlier survey responses.)
Paid time of has also become more
generous for other kinds of parental
ā ā Paternity leave.
ā ā Adoption leave.
ā ā Foster care leave.
ā ā Surrogacy leave.
While federal law provides for
unpaid leave for new parents, many
employers are going further. “
Although employees are protected
by the federal Family and Medical
Leave Act for 12 weeks during any
12-month period to care for a new
child, paid parental leave may enable
eligible employees to take full advantage of this job-protected leave,” the
report authors said.
WHY COMPANIES ARE
Attract new talent
Respond to employee feedback
AN UPWARD TREND
To some degree, this newfound
generosity may be borne of necessity.
Some states and localities require
paid parental leave. At the same
time, working mothers and fathers
have been clamoring for years for
more-comprehensive policies. And of
course, as unemployment rates fall,