38% of U.S. Employers Offer Paid Parental Leave

According to a WorldatWork report, more than a third of U.S. employers offer paid parental leave. A survey found that employers offered the benefit despite the absence of a federal mandate. Parental leave is reserved for parents who are recovering from childbirth or who are adopting, bonding with or taking care of a child. Most of the employers offering paid parental leave (78%) make it available to all workers. Nearly half make employees eligible on the day they’re hired. This is good news for all workers, but it is especially important for keeping women in the workplace. Employers that offer paid leave of any kind without being mandated to do so are responding to today’s workers’ needs for flexible work schedules.