Companies offering ‘paternity leave’ to care for new pets

Pets are widely considered part of the family. That’s why many companies have started giving employees “paternity leave” – ​​time off to care for their new pets.

Some employers are offering workers up to a week of paid leave to welcome a new four-legged friend into their family, according to ABC7.

Some of the companies currently offering this unique benefit include Mars Petcare – the candy giant’s pet food division – and dog walker supplier Rover.

Tech company mParticle is offering employees two weeks paid leave if they adopt an animal from a shelter.

Scottish craft beer brewery BrewDog, which operates in the United States in Ohio, is also offering workers paid time off after adopting a dog.

“The ordinary family is not everyone’s business. We have to make sure that we take care of people’s families, whether it’s furry families or human families,” said Miranda Dietz , responsible for the supply chain of the company, according to the Chicago Grandstand. “It’s just a really cool way to make sure we’re taking care of our people.”

Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based digital marketing agency Nina Hale has implemented a “fur leave” policy that allows pet parents to work from home for up to a week while they adjust to life with a new furry friend.

“Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business priority means acknowledging the significant life events that happen outside of the office,” CEO Donna Robinson said, according to the Chicago Grandstand. “If we want to continue to lead by example as a top-notch workplace, it’s crucial to deliver innovative benefits that help keep our employee-owners happy at work and in their personal lives.”

Some companies also give employees time off to mourn the loss of beloved pets after they pass away.

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