MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — General Mills announced Wednesday the expansion of its parental leave policy for its employees, which includes 18-20 weeks of maternity leave.READ MORE: Triple Shooting At Penn's Landing Leaves 3 Teenagers Injured: Philadelphia Police
On Jan. 1, 2019, the company will increase time off for new birth mothers to 18-20 weeks of maternity leave with 100 percent pay. Parental leave for fathers, partners and adoptive parents will be increased to 12 weeks of paid time.
In addition to parental leave, General Mills is also expanding caregiver leave, bereavement and short-term disability benefits.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect Until Sunday Evening As Temperatures Hit Record Highs
Caregivers will get two-week paid leave for the care of immediate family members with a serious health condition. For bereavement, up to four weeks will be available for employees following the death of an immediate family member. For short-term disability, employees will get 100 percent paid time for up to eight weeks and 65 percent pay for up to 26 weeks.
“General Mills has been making food people love for over 150 years and our employees have always been our secret ingredient. We want to keep innovating in how we meet their evolving needs,” Williams-Roll said.
The company says the new benefits will apply to both salaried and non-union production workers in the United States.MORE NEWS: Betts Falls Triple Shy Of Cycle, Leads Dodgers Past Phillies
General Mills’ current benefits package includes 6 weeks paid maternity leave and 2 weeks paid paternal leave.