Pilot Flying J adds six weeks of paid parental leave

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Pilot Flying J is the latest employer to provide its 28,000 workers with a new gender-neutral paid parental leave benefit.

In September, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based company, which operates 650 travel and truck service centers across the U.S., began providing full- and part-time employees with six weeks of fully paid parental leave. Employees must have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months to be eligible for the benefit, the company says.

“It is critical that we support our team members with growing families,” says Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J in a statement. “We recognize the importance of focusing on your family’s well-being and that welcoming a new family member can be an exciting and stressful time.”

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Paid parental leave is an important benefit for new mothers and fathers, especially for those in retail and service industries, where only 7% of employees get access to paid parental leave, Parent adds.

Employers across the U.S. are beefing up their paid parental leave policies. For example, in the last month alone, The Washington Post, Goldman Sachs and J.M. Smucker Company all gave workers additional time to bond with a new child. In total, around 27% of employers offer paid parental leave benefits, according to data from the Society for Human Resource Management.

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In addition to the new paid parental leave policy, Pilot Flying J offers a number of other benefits to workers including weekly pay, PTO, 401(k) contributions, tuition assistance and healthcare. The company also has a number of wellness benefits, including an onsite gym at its headquarters and a well-being app.

“We strongly believe that paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers is a much-needed benefit, especially for hourly workers in the retail and convenience store industries and we are proud to provide this benefit to our team members,” Parent says.

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