Paid Parental Leave Gains Momentum in Minnesota Companies, Divide in Government (April 4, 2017)

By Lindsey Seavert, KARE

The debate over whether to offer paid leave for new parents in Minnesota is gaining momentum after a growing number of major companies have boosted the benefit, but progress still inches along as an interim paid parental leave policy for Minnesota’s state workers remains in limbo.

As U.S. employers face increasing social, political and competitive pressures to provide the benefit to attract and retain talent, Minnesota-based companies like 3M, Target, Land O’Lakes, Wells Fargo and Cargill have all boosted their paid parental leave policy in the past year.

In January, 3M announced a bold step of boosting its parental leave to 20 weeks – 10 weeks paid and 10 unpaid – to both mothers and fathers following the birth or adoption of a child. Parents taking leave at 3M can also return to work on a part-time basis.

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