Paternity leave is when a father is permitted time off to attend to his new-born or adopted child. This type of leave is rarely paid. A few progressive companies offer new dads paid time off ranging from a few days to a few weeks. California was the first state to offer paid family leave. But what about your pets? As strange as it may sound, there are some businesses now offering this benefit — aptly named — Pawternity leave!
Pawternity leave is intended to give owners time to get to know their pedigree pups or adopted rescues. Some companies identify similarly with this need as they did with paternity. So, it's not a surprise that pet companies and tech start-ups were the first to kick-start these types of programs. They view it as both a benefit and an incentive. Pet owners can get to know their pets without the stress of having to juggle their jobs at the same time. Upon returning to their companies, they are refreshed and appreciative their companies identified the importance of this type of leave.
Owners often refer to their pets as "fur babies," which makes a lot of sense considering how much attention puppies and even kittens require when you first get them.
Companies Offering Paid Benefit
According recent research conducted by Petplan, in today’s world there are approximately 5% of owners who have been offered paid leave from their jobs to adjust their pet owning responsibilities.
Mars Petcare was one of the first companies to offer pawternity leave. The company offers its workers ten hours of paid leave when they first obtain their new pet, and they can bring them into the office thereafter if they like.
Another firm Mparicle is a data platform provider that offers two weeks of paid leave if an employee adopts a rescue dog.
According to The Times, the recruiter for the company Laurel Peppino said it's now offering time for training and walks.
"We offer maternity and paternity leave and a pet is just another member of the family," she said. "We don't discriminate just because they aren't human."
The Scottish brewery company BrewDog has commenced a week of paid leave. The reason given on the BrewDog website is that they just really love dogs. Also, it aims to be "the best company to work for, ever."
There's also a growing trend for employers to offer their pet-owning employees time off when their pets cross the ‘rainbow bridge.’ Losing your furry friend is devastating, and more and more companies are sympathizing.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in San Francisco offers three days leave, California-based software company VMware and Boston-based Maxwell Health both offer flexible days. Trupanion, a Seattle-based pet insurance company, offers employees one day. Canadian company Shoppers Drug Mart lets employees take days off if they have a loss in the family, and they say that includes a beloved pet.
How about your company, readers: Do you receive this benefit or know of a company that offers it?
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