Tue, August 9, 2016
KJWW has expanded its employee benefit package to include paid maternity leave – a rarity among AEC companies and U.S. employers in general.
“Paid maternity leave is pretty much unheard of in our industry,” says KJWW Human Resources Manager Tim Anderson. “We investigated offering the benefit and ultimately decided it was the right thing to do.”
KJWW’s maternity leave policy allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave during which the employee receives 50 percent salary continuation. Part-time eligible employees will receive compensation during the paid leave on a pro-rated basis equal to the average of the hours worked in the three months prior to the maternity leave.
To be eligible, an employee must have been employed with KJWW for at least one year and worked at least 1,250 hours with the firm over the previous 12 months.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12 percent of American workers have access to paid maternity leave. Most of the recipients live in one of only four states that mandate paid leave by law. And while the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants up to 12 weeks of leave every year, it is unpaid and even then applies only to full-time workers at companies with 50 or more employees.
“KJWW is a progressive, family-friendly company, and the firm decided that paid maternity leave needed to become part of our employee benefits,” says Anderson. “We wanted to support our female employees by making it easier to meet and balance their career and family needs.”