Forging Ahead or Falling Behind? Paid Family Leave at America’s Top Companies

Source: PLUS Fund: Paid Leave for the United States, 2016

From the summary:
The majority of top US companies have inadequate and discriminatory policies that often leave out dads, adoptive parents, and low-wage workers.

The United States is facing a caregiving crisis: more than 100 million Americans have no access to paid family leave, and one in four new mothers goes back to work just ten days after giving birth. An exploration of corporate paid family leave policies reveals a widespread problem — only 13 percent of people working in the private sector have access to paid family leave through their employer, and this number falls to six percent for low-wage employees. Today, the time to care for a new child, a sick family member or an aging parent, or for one’s own serious illness is an elite benefit.

During the course of our research, two of the companies we researched in the top 60 (Starwood and Electronic Data Systems) were acquired by other companies on the list, so are no longer reflected in the data table We’ve conducted independent research to uncover the paid family leave policies at the top 60 employers in the country in order to understand who has access to family leave, who doesn’t, and what that says about the need for change in both corporate and public policy. This list includes major brands such as Starbucks, Walmart, McDonald’s, Gap Inc, and a host of others who together employ approximately 14 million people in the U.S. The policies (or lack thereof) at these leading companies set a national standard for employment practices across sectors and also deeply affect the lives of their own vast employee community.