IKEA to Give All US Employees Paid Parental Leave

Starting January 1, all of IKEA's 14,000 salaried and hourly workers in the U.S. will receive up to four months of paid parental leave. The policy applies to all mothers and fathers who are birth, adoptive, or foster parents.

According to Fortune, the new program expands on IKEA's previous policy that gave fives days of paid leave to new parents, plus up to eight weeks of paid disability leave for new moms.

In the new year, employees who've worked at IKEA for at least one year will receive full base pay for the first six weeks of their leave and half of their base pay for six more weeks. Workers who've been with IKEA for three or more years can receive eight weeks of full pay and eight weeks of half pay.

And regardless of their tenure, workers will receive a guaranteed six to eight weeks of short-term disability.

The U.S. is still the only industrialized nation to not give paid time off for new moms or dads. In a fact sheet on the policy, IKEA said this new change reflects their "Swedish roots and vision to create a better everyday life for all people."

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