Paid parental leave now a true benefit at one large-scale Delaware employer (October 19, 2016)

By Andrew Sgroi, October 19, 2016

What’s been a murky landscape for employees with new children–that is, paid parental leave benefits–has been made clearer at one of New Castle County’s largest private employers.

Sallie Mae—the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company–has marked open enrollment season for 2017 with a new, more flexible parental leave benefit that will offer as much as 12 weeks of leave, at full pay, for employees who are new or adoptive parents.

“We work hard every day to help millions of customers and their families,” said Ellen Roberts, Sallie Mae spokeswoman, in announcing the expansion, “and we’re committed to supporting the members of our own Sallie Mae family. We want to make sure that we have responsive, competitive benefit plans and policies to help our own employees succeed in their professional, as well as their personal, lives.”

The new benefit covers babies born by the biological mother or a surrogate, and adopted children age 5 or younger…

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