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Dollar General bolsters parental leave plan, adds adoption benefits

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Another retailer is expanding employee benefits as the nation’s job market continues to tighten.

Dollar General is introducing new paid parental leave and adoption assistance benefits, with the new policies effective April 1. The parental leave benefit includes two weeks of paid time off for all eligible full-time and part-time employees, with two extra weeks of paid leave for birth mothers.

Additionally, the company will provide employees up to $4,000 in adoption assistance.

Benefits are available to all eligible employees across the company’s more than 14,000 retail locations, 15 distribution centers and the corporate offices.

“These additional benefit build on Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, and its operating priority to invest in its people as a competitive advantage,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The paid parental leave and adoption assistance benefits will support our employees and their families with financial assistance during the exciting time of welcoming a child.”

The discounter is the newest retailer upgrading its paid leave policy. Earlier this year, Starbucks announced that its store associates who are birth mothers will be entitled to six weeks of paid leave at 100%, up from 67% average pay previously, as well as 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Non-birth parents (including fathers, spouses and foster and adoptive parents) can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Also, non-store employees (includes district managers, plant partners and headquarters employees) who are birth mothers will now have the ability to take up to 18 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth parents will have the ability to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Previously, those 12 weeks were unpaid.

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