ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg BNA today released its 2017 Paid Leave Practices Report, which summarizes the results of a comprehensive survey of human resources professionals and their organizations' policies and practices regarding paid leave for employees. This new report offers a detailed look into the current state of paid leave—including sick leave, family leave, other types of leave, leave administration and satisfaction—in the United States. Additional report information and a complimentary copy of the Paid Leave Practices 2017 executive summary are available at http://on.bna.com/c96F30flNJU.
"While the focus on family leave in the U.S. in recent years may have boosted the overall availability of paternity leave around the country, the leave new dads are given continues to lag behind leave given to moms with respect to the availability and duration of paid time off," said Molly Huie, Manager of Survey Reports, Bloomberg BNA. "For HR professionals who are curious about how their policies compare to other organizations, this survey is the definitive resource when it comes to paid leave benefits, family leave, sabbaticals, leave administration, and more."
Key findings of this year's survey include:
- Employees at organizations with traditional leave plans, which separate annual leave/vacation leave and sick leave, average about 26 paid days off as compared to 17 days for those with PTO systems, which incorporate vacation, personal, and sick leave into one bank.
- Organizations offer a median of six weeks paid time off for new mothers and up to 12 weeks unpaid. Traditional leave systems tend to provide on average eight paid weeks, while PTO systems average six weeks.
- Paid leave for new fathers lags behind paid leave for new mothers, with a median of only four weeks paid and up to 12 weeks unpaid.
- 70 percent of responding HR professionals think that their leave plans serve their workforce well.
- Unlimited leave policies remain extremely rare – just one percent of the surveyed organizations provide unlimited leave to all or most of their employees.
Paid Leave Practices 2017 is based on responses from over 850 human resource executives and professionals representing a broad cross section of U.S. employers.
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