The Kids Beat

Hannaford and Healthy Living Roll Out New Parental Leave Policies

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Two supermarkets — regional chain Hannaford Supermarkets and local chain Healthy Living Market and Café — recently announced new parental leave policies. Hannaford, which operates 181 stores in the Northeast and employs around 27,000 people, will provide associates of all genders, who have worked at Hannaford for at least one year and average 30 hours of work each week, with six weeks of fully paid leave during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption or legal placement of a child. Healthy Living, which has stores in South Burlington and Saratoga, N.Y. — and plans to open two new Vermont locations — employs more than 300 people. The company will offer four weeks of paid parental leave for staff members with two years of consecutive service, as well as 160 hours of flexible paid time off upon their return to work to help transition back into a work schedule. Full-time staff members with one year of service will receive 80 hours of paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child. According to a the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 16 percent of private industry workers had access to paid family leave and 88 percent had access to unpaid family leave in March 2018. Said Hannaford manager of external communications Erika Dodge: "We're very proud to bring flexibility, balance and well-being to our associates so they can have peace of mind during such key life events."

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