Smucker’s sweetens leave benefits for employees

The food company is giving new moms and dads 12 weeks of paid time off, as well as expanding vacation time and adding a pet bereavement benefit.
By: | October 8, 2019 • 2 min read
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Smucker's is introducing 12 weeks of paid leave for all employees following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

The J.M. Smucker Company is enhancing leave and company-provided vacation benefits for its 7,000 workers in a bid to retain and attract talent while promoting employee wellbeing.

The Orrville, Ohio-based food manufacturer, known for its jam, ice cream toppings and other products, is introducing 12 weeks of paid leave for all employees following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. It’s also expanding its vacation time from two weeks to three weeks for employees with less than five years of tenure and introducing a pet bereavement leave — one day of time off following the death of a pet.

The benefits will go into effect Jan. 1.

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The benefits “provide employees the opportunity to take the time they need to fully experience life’s important milestones and moments,” says Jill Penrose, senior vice president of human resources and corporate communications at Smucker’s. “We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and believe promoting work-life integration is a critical aspect of that commitment.”

For birth mothers, the company’s new 12-week paid parental leave policy is in addition to the 12-week short-term disability benefit it already provides; both are fully paid.

See also:How 3 companies are helping employees on their parenting journey

Smucker’s joins a handful of companies that have rolled out or enhanced leave benefits for parents in the last year. Buzzfeed, Unum and Hilton are among the employers who have recently boosted their paid parental leave policies as more companies look for ways to help new parents on the job.

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