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Delaware's Largest Private Employer Offers Paid Family Leave

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NEWARK, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Christiana Care Health System, Delaware's largest private employer, will begin offering paid parental leave to its employees for the first time.           

Christiana officials announced Wednesday the system will grant at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its nearly 12,000 employees for parents to use during the birth, adoption or fostering of their child.           

We know that the bond formed between mother and child in the first few weeks of life can have a tremendous impact on the health of the baby and the well-being of the family,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, Christiana Care president and CEO. We are delighted that we will be able to provide this enhanced parental leave benefit to our caregivers next year. 

Employees told media outlets that they previously had to use paid time off, disability leave and benefits from the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that entitles employees to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.           

Last year the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation granting state employees 12 weeks of paid family leave. The state government is Delaware's largest employer.

“We applaud the state of Delaware for having the vision and courage to take this step for its employees,” Nevin said. “While we understand that paid parental leave is an expensive benefit for employers to offer, we hope that other organizations will consider taking this step to make a positive impact on the health and prosperity of our community.” 

           

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