Pilot Flying J Extends Parental Leave

The six-week benefit offers full pay to full- and part-time workers, both to mothers and fathers.

November 21, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Pilot Flying J is now providing its 28,000-person workforce with a new gender-neutral parental leave program, reports Benefit News.

The Knoxville chain, with 650 travel and truck service centers, now offers full- and part-time employees six weeks of fully paid parental leave. Employees that have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months are eligible for the benefit.

“It is critical that we support our team members with growing families,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We recognize the importance of focusing on your family’s well-being and that welcoming a new family member can be an exciting and stressful time.”

Paid parental leave is an important benefit for new mothers and fathers, especially for those in retail and service industries, where only 7% of employees get access to paid parental leave, he added. Across the U.S., many employers are upgrading their paid parental leave policies. Today, about 27% of employers offer paid parental leave benefits, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

In addition to the new parental leave policy, Pilot Flying J offers other employee benefits, including weekly pay, PTO, 401(k) contributions, tuition assistance and healthcare. The company has several wellness benefits, including an onsite gym at its headquarters and a well-being app.

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