Levi Strauss and Co has announced a new paid family leave benefit for all U.S corporate and benefits-eligible retail employees.
The new policy, available from 28 February, provides employees at the clothing manufacturer with the opportunity to take up to eight weeks of paid time off a year to care for family members with a serious health condition.
The paid benefit applies to an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent or step-parent, child or step-child up to 18-years old.
Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer at Levi Strauss and Co said: “Some of the most important investments we make are in the wellbeing of our employees. We are
introducing paid family leave to offer our employees the flexibility to care for ill family members without worrying about the stability of their job or finances.
“Access to paid family leave addresses the needs of the modern workforce and can
help boost employee retention and loyalty. It’s not only the right thing to do for employees, it’s the smart thing to do for business.”
Debra Ness, president at the National Partnership for Women and Families said: “We applaud Levi Strauss and Co’s expansion of its industry-leading paid parental leave policy to include paid family leave for both its corporate and benefits-eligible hourly workers.”