• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

SHRM: No real increase in paid family leave

Get PDF file

by on
in Centerpiece,Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

Paid family leaveIn 2015, tech giants Netflix, Microsoft and Amazon all an-nounced paid family leave programs for their employees. Many speculated that this would start a paid leave arms race among top employers. It didn’t.

A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management indicates the move was more flash in the pan than watershed.

SHRM’s study sought data from 920 employers nationwide, similar to a study from 2012. Respondents were asked about the length of job-protected leave provided to mothers and their partners following childbirth, whether the leave was paid and, if so, whether it was full or part pay. SHRM also asked if employers provided paid time off to the spouses and partners of women who gave birth.

Although there was some growth in the amount of leave offered compared to 2012, the change was not statistically significant.

Overall the average maximum amount of job-protected leave provided moved from 14.2 to 14.5 weeks.

The percentage of employers providing fewer than 12 weeks of job-protected leave fell from 10% in 2012 to 7% in 2016. The percentage providing 12 weeks of leave remained virtually unchanged (61% in 2012 and 60% in 2016). Employers providing more than 12 weeks leave grew from 30% to 33%.

The leave stats for spouses and partners of women having children mirrored those for mothers. Employers providing less than 12 weeks of spouse/partner leave fell from 25% to 23%. Those providing 12 weeks dipped from 60% to 58%, while those providing more than 12 weeks of paid leave rose from 15% to 18%. The average maximum job-protected leave for spouses/partners inched up from 10.6 to 11.2 weeks.

The percentage of employers providing paid childbirth leave remained unchanged at 58%. Employers providing paid spouse/partner leave moved from 14% in 2012 to 15% in 2016. The number of employers paying women their full pay during maternity leave rose from 9% to 10%, partial pay from 63% to 70%, and employers stating it depended on the situation fell from 28% to 20%.

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.

Leave a Comment