Target doubling paid family leave benefit for employees
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Target announced Monday that it is expanding family care benefits for hourly and salaried employees at its stores and distribution centers, including those that are part-time.
Among the changes is a new family leave policy for workers who need more time off to care for their families--be it a new child or an ailing partner or parent. Under the new policy, team members will receive double the amount of paid time off when welcoming a new child into the family--on top of the medical leave employees already receive after giving birth. The policy goes into effect on June 30.
The Minneapolis-based retailer also said it is expanding backup care for child and elder care for instances such as when a school or daycare is closed or a sitter or care provider is sick. Beginning in the fall, employees will get 20 days of in-center child care or in-home child and elder care. The company already rolled out this program at its headquarters.
Target is also doubling the amount they will reimburse employees' adoption or surrogacy fees--a benefit the company has offered for more than 10 years.
The changes in benefits come after Target has already increased its minimum wage to $13 an hour, with a goal of upping it to $15 by 2020.