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USA: Ikea expands parental leave to include fathers, adoptive & foster parents

"Ikea expands parental leave to all U.S. workers", 6 Dec 2016

In a workplace trend that's gaining traction, the U.S. division of Swedish furniture maker Ikea says it will expand paid benefits up to four months for all its workers welcoming a new baby into their lives. Ikea said its move is aimed at improving work-life balance among its roughly 14,000 employees while attracting and retaining top talent. The expanded family-leave benefits at Ikea...includes not only salaried employees, but hourly workers as well. And it's not just new moms eligible for longer periods of paid time off to take care of newborns.  Dads who work at Ikea are also eligible for longer paid leaves, as are adoptive and foster parents...Only 12% of U.S. private sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employer, according to Labor Department data.  "We continue to see an uptick in employers moving voluntarily...to parental leave pay packages,"...While four months of paid leave may sound like a lot to many workers, it pales in comparison to the 480 days Swedish parents are entitled to in their home country.  But it's far better than Ikea's current system in the U.S., in which parents are eligible for five days of paid leave, and six to eight weeks of short-term disability. [Also refers to Netflix, Adobe SystemsHilton Hotels & Chobani]