Ford Expands Paid Time Off for New Parents

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
ford expands paid time off for new parents

Wages may have stagnated, but companies know they can still curry the public’s favor by other means. Because corporations aren’t people, despite the government saying otherwise, they can’t really be good or evil. This frequently results in meaningless pandering, perplexing business decisions, or disingenuous marketing that pushes an empty moral narrative in an attempt to bend to rampant social pressures. Still, it occasionally leads to those in charge making a decision to do the right thing and getting some deserved praise.

Ford Motor Co. is significantly expanding the amount of paid time off available to new parents among its salaried workforce in the United States.

Effective immediately, the automaker will provide fathers with 8 weeks of paid time off, with mothers eligible for between 14 to 16 weeks off. That’s up from 2 and 8 to 10 weeks, respectively. Additionally, Ford will also start allowing new parents to work part time for up to 4 weeks at full-time pay once their paternity or maternity leave has ended as they transition back to work.

There are, of course, rules to be followed. According to Automotive News, parents must take at least 6 of the 8 weeks consecutively. Any leave of absence must also be taken within one year of procuring a child, regardless of whether parents decided to adopt, foster, or take the traditional route of combining their DNA in a Burger King bathroom after a night of heavy drinking.

From Automotive News:

The automaker communicated the moves internally to employees late last month. It’s expected to announce the changes publicly later today.

Additionally, Ford will begin to allow new parents to work part time for four weeks at full-time pay once their paternity or maternity leave is up as they transition back to work.

It will also let U.S. salaried employees use all 80 hours of their allotted sick days for personal business, like caring for a sick family member.

We’ve heard tell of other arrangements where babies have been traded for the ability to spin straw into gold, so Ford has a pretty sweet arrangement here. For comparison’s sake, General Motors offers 6 weeks of paid maternity leave, 9 weeks of unpaid maternity leave and 2 weeks of paid paternity leave — based off data from a few years ago. Financial assistance is available for adopted children, but all time off is unpaid. Meanwhile, Google gives mothers 22 weeks of paid leave, while fathers or adoptive parents receive 7 weeks.

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  • RHD RHD on Nov 01, 2018

    A Mormon Ford employee with six wives could spend the entire year at home bonding with his progeny, as long as he times their births right. He would only have to stop by the factory once a year, to visit the HR office, in order to request four weeks of accumulated vacation time. The next year, he could do the same, and the next, and the next. He would become the country's leading expert in bonding with newborns, while forgetting entirely how to work on an assembly line.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Nov 03, 2018

      @RHD Is polygamy now legal? May have become legal since we have a protector of religious freedom in highest office that has broken at least 9 out of 10 commandments.

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