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What Matters Most to Moms This Mother’s Day

In New York City, chefs Cordell Lochin and Kevin King are preparing for the opening of their highly anticipated new restaurant, Esther & Carol Bistro — just in time for Mother’s Day.

The bistro is going for a healthy spin on American cuisine, and it’s named after each chef’s mother: Esther, Kevin King’s, and Carol, Cordell Lochin’s. In an interview with the New York Post, King said the namesake points to the strong connection both men have with family. If that’s not a great Mother’s Day tribute, I don’t know what is.

P.S. Thanks for making the rest of us look bad, guys.

 

US Employees Say Maternity Leave Matters

If you aren’t a pro chef opening a trendy restaurant this spring, you might take a more modest approach to Mother’s Day. Brunch is probably the first plan that comes to mind, even if we hadn’t just been talking about food. Obviously, crepes and mimosas have been known to enhance any Sunday, but what we’ve decided lately is that brunch is popular with moms because it means spending quality time with loved ones.

… And if anyone knows the importance of quality time, it’s new mothers.

In April, TSheets commissioned Pollfish to survey 400 US employees about paid time off to find out how much PTO they get, how they use it, and how much they value it. What we found about maternity leave was really interesting.

We found that 72 percent of respondents said employers should provide paid maternity leave.

And younger workers were even more likely to demand maternity leave. In fact, 88 percent of 18- to 24-year-old respondents said employers should provide maternity leave.

What’s more, 73 percent of the same group said employers should also provide paternity leave.

That number falls for employees over 44 years old, but still, 64 percent of them said maternity leave should be a part of a benefits package.

 

Family Leave in the News

In her self-help book “Women Who Work” (Penguin, May 2017), Ivanka Trump attempts to address America’s maternity and paternity leave issue, making a brief and nonspecific call for family leave policy reform toward the end of the book. Ms. Trump, although providing a seemingly centrist voice on the matter, will likely face difficulty in swaying the administration to advocate for family leave policies in a country far behind other developed countries on this issue.

But influential companies are beginning to address the need for better policies for mothers — and the importance of family policies that include fathers as well. As more talented and tech-savvy young people enter the workforce, these companies are seeing the potential benefits of providing family leave.

At the end of last year, IKEA announced their plan to provide all US employees three months paid family leave. Since the company also offers three months of short-term disability leave, new parents who work for IKEA have the potential to stay with their new baby for up to six months if they choose. It will be interesting to follow their efforts and the effects it will have on turnover and employee happiness over the next few years.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

We may have a long way to go in terms of celebrating mothers in modern America, 70 percent of whom (that’s moms with kids under the age of 18) participated in the workforce in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But with new data becoming available to employers on the importance of maternity leave in attracting talent, the number of mothers (and fathers) who get to spend quality time with their new babies has the potential to rise.

They say parents are “never totally ready” to bring a new human into the world, but maybe new policies will bring peace of mind for expecting working moms, rendering the old adage antiquated.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

In case you don’t get a restaurant named after you this year, it’s our hope that you get to spend some quality time with the people who matter most in your life.

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5 Comments

  1. […] Beyond a competitive salary, employees want to know they have benefits that provide security and support well-being and balance. TSheets recently conducted a study about paid time off and how much employees value time away from work. Respondents placed a high value on paid time off and would like to have even more, and millennials are especially interested in maternity leave. […]

  2. Bermadette Amos says:

    California State law provides for Maternity Leave. Employees pay into SDI (State Disability Insurance) which covers this cost. This is a mandate by the state and employees cannot opt out. It also covers other illnesses for up to 52 weeks based on the doctor’s recommendation.

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  3. Maternity Leave Matters! Beyond the economic benefits of paid leave, there are some extremely important physical and mental health effects to consider. Studies show that employers actually save money when they extend paid parental leave due to increased employee morale, increased employee retention. Additionally, a study of 817 mothers employed in the U.S showed that within the first year of the child’s life, longer duration of maternity leave predicted decreased postpartum depression scores.

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  4. […] Beyond a competitive salary, employees want to know they have benefits that provide security and support well-being and balance. TSheets recently conducted a study about paid time off and how much US employees value time away from work. Respondents placed a high value on paid time off and would like to have even more, and American millennials are especially interested in maternity leave. […]

  5. […] And about that family leave: About 11 percent of employers offer paid maternity leave in addition to PTO, and around 8 percent offer both maternity and paternity leave in addition to PTO. But those numbers are paltry compared with the number of employees — 72 percent — who say companies should provide maternity leave. And younger workers are more likely to demand maternity and paternity leave. […]

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