By Chelsea Lacey-Mabe
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If companies aren’t too keen on offering paid “Me-ternity” leave to their workers who don’t have children, maybe a fur baby would help employees get time off.READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
Some companies in the United Kingdom have already implemented “Paw-ternity”—paid time to take care of a pet.
Bitsol Systems is one of them. The founder of the IT support company, Greg Buchanan, implemented the benefit in 2013.READ MORE: Water Main Break Flooding Multiple Buildings In Society Hill Section, Officials Say
They offer up to three weeks of paid leave to employees when they welcome a new pet into their family. So far three employees and their respective four-legged friends have taken advantage of the perk.
This non-traditional benefit follows the trend of major companies like T-Mobile and Procter & Gamble who offer pet insurance plans.
Others such as Kimpton Hotels, VMWare and Maxwell Health offer their employees paid bereavement when a pet passes away.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Union Miss Out On Eastern Conference Championship Amid COVID Crisis
According to the ASPCA more than 67% of US households own either a cat or a dog. With that many pet owners, it’s only a matter of time before “Paw-ternity” benefits are unleashed in the states.