Duke Energy Expands Paid Parental Leave (February 6, 2017)
Duke Energy, for the first time, is offering its employees fully paid parental leave — totaling six weeks — to bolster work-family balance and help attract and retain highly skilled workers.
The new benefit, effective Jan. 1, catapults Duke Energy to near the front of the pack among the nation’s largest electric utilities, most of which do not offer dedicated paid parental leave.
Under Duke Energy’s new benefit — available to both mothers and fathers — an employee can start the six-week paid leave any time within the first 16 weeks after the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.
A birth mother can take a total of at least 12 weeks’ paid time off: at least six weeks through the company’s existing, pregnancy-related short-term disability benefit, followed by six additional weeks under the new parental leave benefit.