By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
In 2018, 41 percent of employers offered paid parental leave to their employees, up from only 25 percent in 2015, according to recent research from Mercer. The 2018 Survey on Absence and Disability Management found that birth parents tend to get more time off than non-birth parents. The median amount of leave offered to birth parents is six weeks, compared to four weeks for non-birth parents, which is unchanged from 2015. Mercer noted that while more employers are offering leave, the amount of leave being offered has not increased noticeably.
The survey found that more employers are offering leave for the adoption of a child—38 percent provide this type of leave in 2018, up from 24 percent in 2015. The median allowance of eight weeks for adoption leave has also remained unchanged.
Employers recognize that a new addition to the family is just one of many life events that cause employees to need additional paid time off. Most employers allow employees to use their own paid sick days to care for a sick family member (82 percent, up from 74 percent in 2015). In addition, 19 percent of respondents offer company-sponsored paid leave to care for a family member with a serious health issue; the median allowance is eight weeks.
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