Ikea U.S. to Expand Parental Leave Policy

The retailer is also introducing a sabbatical program
December 6, 2016Andrea Lillo

       CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—As of January 1, 2017, Ikea U.S. will offer a new parental leave policy for both salaried and hourly employees who are expanding their families, providing up to four months of paid leave.

This includes both mothers and fathers, and adoptive and foster parents.

Co-workers who have been with Ikea for one to three years can take up to three months of paid leave to be with their family, receiving 100 percent of their base wage for the first six weeks of parental leave and 50 percent for an additional six weeks. Co-workers with three or more years’ tenure can take up to four months of paid leave, receiving 100 percent of their base wage for the first eight weeks and 50 percent for an additional eight weeks. This is in addition to the six to eight weeks of Short Term Disability available to all co-workers regardless of tenure.

“We believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S.’s president. “This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our co-workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child. Our co-workers are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream.”

Ikea recently conducted research into what co-workers thought were the most important aspects of the “American Dream,” and topping the list was work-life balance and moments spent with family and friends.

Ikea U.S. is also introducing a sabbatical program for co-workers to take time to refresh and engage in personal and professional growth and development, as it recognizes that co-workers who are not welcoming a child into their families may need time away from work as well.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor
alillo@hfnmag.com

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.

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