Are you providing paid sick leave to your workers? Well, if you’re not, it might be something to consider– at least on a small level. Many studies have shown that more and more employers are offering paid sick leave. Very often, this is in the format of 12 weeks of FMLA pay. That’s a lot of leave.
Now, more often than not, however, this paid leave comes in the form of a week or two per year and that’s been traditional for a very long time. However, with the movement toward paid leave, we are seeing that more and more organizations are stepping up their game and offering anywhere from four to six, even eight, weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave annually.
So think about it. What is your policy regarding paid leave? If you are a private sector employer, right now, you have a few limitations– unless you live in some states or localities that have already mandated paid leave.
But even in those areas, the mandates are quite low. Normally, it would be the standard that you’re already doing– maybe a week or two a year. But what if we move into the era like many other countries around the world have where mom and dad go out to have baby for a few weeks and get paid for the entire time?
Think about it. Review your policies and procedures. Determine what you need to offer in order to recruit the best candidates. And keep your eye on the law because that, ultimately, is what is going to change the way you administer HR in your organization.
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