Chobani’s Latest Deal for Workers: Fully Paid Parental Leave

By Don Cazentre,

Six months after Upstate New York-based Greek yogurt maker Chobani announced plans to give its employees a stake in the company, it announced today it will offer its workers fully paid parental leave.

The leave provides full pay for six weeks, and covers all full-time hourly and salaried employees. It can be used by both mothers and fathers for “birth, adoption or placement of a foster child into the home,” the company said.

Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya told employees at Chobani’s Chenago County manufacturing plant today he wants the new leave policy to be a model for the country. In a letter distributed to workers, he said becoming a father himself “started a lot of conversations with folks about how we can better support new parents here at Chobani.”

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