The Washington Post to offer 20 weeks of paid parental leave

The news organization joins a growing number of employers adding or expanding leave benefits for their employees.
By: | October 24, 2019 • 2 min read

The Washington Post is significantly expanding paid leave benefits for its employees, adding to a growing list of employers that are beefing up family-friendly perks in a hot job market.

Beginning Jan. 1, all new parents employed at the newspaper will be eligible to receive 20 weeks of paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child. That’s up from the four weeks of paid time off the company previously gave parents who worked there for at least one year.

The company’s employee union says it hopes the “move will encourage all new parents to take the time they need.”

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“For years, the company’s limited parental leave of just four weeks forced parents to use sick time or vacation time during the crucial first months of their children’s lives,” The Washington Post Guild wrote in a blog post. “For couples at The Post, who had to divide the limited leave offered, these policies were particularly burdensome.”

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The news organization joins a growing number of employers that are adding or expanding paid leave benefits for their employees.

The J.M. Smucker Company just announced that beginning Jan. 1, it will give new parents 12 weeks of paid leave following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. also announced a new paid parental leave program for its employees, providing six weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a new child.

Related: How 3 companies are helping employees on their parenting journey

Media company Bloomberg earlier this year expanded its fully paid parental leave program to 26 weeks from 18 weeks for primary caregivers.

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