Triangle Companies Give Birth to Paid Parental Leave Benefits (March 4, 2017)

By David Ranii, The News & Observer

Luke Lathan was planning to take three weeks off after his wife gave birth to their second child, but regretted that he couldn’t afford to take more time. Then his employer adopted a new policy that drastically changed his plans for the better.

Effective Jan. 1, agricultural biotechnology company BASF began offering eight weeks of paid parental leave to new parents – both moms and dads. For moms, the eight weeks is in addition to the six to eight weeks of paid maternity leave previously available.

Now Lathan, a diversified product manager at BASF’s Research Triangle Park campus, is looking forward to two months of supporting his wife, Melissa, bonding with their new daughter after she is born, and helping their young son, Dane, adjust to a new member of the family.

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