Nike’s offering paid leave. Will other companies follow suit?

Nike_Swoosh_Logo_White_Small_original_original_native_600 (1)Last week, Nike employees who work more than 30 hours a week will get full paid leave. The new policy says:

new parents or [people] who are needed to care for sick family members are now eligible to receive eight weeks of paid leave, the world’s biggest sportswear company said on Wednesday.

Birth mothers are now eligible for a minimum of 14 paid weeks of leave, Nike said, with more paid leave allowable if a doctor deems it medically necessary. Previously, birth mothers were allowed a minimum of six weeks paid leave to care for their newborns, said a company spokeswoman.

Fathers, adoptive parents and employees with sick family members had not been allowed paid leave under Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike’s previous policy, but can now take up to eight weeks of paid leave.

The benefit changes apply to Nike employees who have a regular work schedule of 30 or more hours a week. Employees are eligible for the benefit on their first day of work, the company said.

And thanks, Jac, for the link.

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4 responses to “Nike’s offering paid leave. Will other companies follow suit?

  1. Something tells me that the new policy does not include Nike’s contract workers, over a million of them, most of those in Asia, who do the grunt work manufacturing Nike products.

    • Something tells me you’re right. This extends to our shores and no farther.

      • I can’t seem to find out what percentage of Nike workers in the US…or even at the Beaverton headquarters…are contract workers.
        Beaverton is going through some big changes. Expansion of the facility and moving in more robots.

    • I assumed it was for US employees, but don’t know for sure.

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