To reduce potential lawsuits and EEOC charges, here are three things employers can address in their parental leave policies: (1) they should be inclusive; (2) they should be gender neutral, and (3) they can address any medical leave, such as for child birth, through a short-term disability policy. By making these three changes to a parental leave policy, a company can ensure that their policy is compliant with federal, state, and other applicable laws. Now, let’s take a closer look at these three points.
There has been a recent shift in workplaces around the country toward recognizing and respecting all family structures, particularly regarding parental leave policies. Employers should create and update their parental leave policies to ensure their employees can take time to care for and bond with new additions to their families. Inclusivity and fairness are key for ensuring that parental leave policies are compliant with federal and state laws, as well as appealing to both current and prospective employees.
If you need help with creating or auditing your parental leave policy, do not hesitate to contact Lipp Law today.
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