Ensure new parents can properly care for themselves and their children.
This WELL feature requires paid parental leave, supportive services for parents returning to work and resources to ensure workplace support and inclusion.
Despite infant care being a universal need, adequate paid parental leave is not guaranteed in all parts of the world. Although most countries guarantee a minimum paid maternity leave, many do not offer paid partner leave, and when they do it is often significantly shorter in duration. Maintaining an infant’s health in its first months of life is crucial to the baby's long-term health, and paid leave policies can help support this critical period of infant behavioral and neurological development.
Offer New Parent Leave (Max: 3 points)
Parental leave is available for all eligible employees and meets the following requirements:
At least 40 weeks of parental leave are offered during any 12-month period to use during pregnancy, for the adoption or fostering of a child, or within the first three years of a child’s life.
At least some portion of the parental leave is paid per the table below. Paid parental leave is offered to all primary caregivers during any 12-month period during pregnancy, within the first three years of a child's life, or for the adoption or fostering of a child, as shown in the table below. Paid leave must be separate from other types of leave (e.g., sick leave, annual leave, vacation time), paid at employee’s full salary or wages, and cover benefits:
Weeks of Paid Leave Points 18-29 weeks 2 30-52 weeks 3
Promote Workplace Support (1 point)
Projects offer the following services to support employees returning from leave:
Programs covering at least one of the following:
- Part-time options (e.g., ramp-back programs).
- Work from home flexibility.
Coaching program or resources to help employees transition when returning from leave.
Training or resources for managers on how to work with employees to create a plan for leave and optimally support employees returning from leave.
Program or plan for supporting staffing while employee is on leave, such as temporary staffing services or training for current employees to cover job functions of employee on leave.
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