Target: Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Goal: Applaud the company’s generous new parental leave policy.
New parental leave guidelines including 17 paid weeks off will now be offered to all Johnson & Johnson employees according to a statement recently released by the company. Under the new policy, biological mothers can receive up to 17 weeks paid leave, while adoptive parents and fathers receive up to nine weeks paid leave. The company has made this policy retroactive for all employees who became parents during or after May 2014, and the time is flexible throughout the first year after the arrival of a new child.
Across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the rest of the Americas, paid maternity leave is standard in many countries. Currently, the Family Medical Leave Act entitles U.S. workers to twelve weeks of unpaid leave in the event of a birth or adoption but, while a few states have minimal paid leave, no federal mandate exists.
Johnson & Johnson is one of the biggest companies in the nation, ranking number 39 in the 2014 Fortune 500 list. This policy sets a high standard among big business and with any luck other major corporations will follow in their footsteps.
Every parent deserves the right to family leave without the stress of lost income at a time when every penny counts. Let’s tell Johnson & Johnson how much we admire their decision to extend paid parental leave to all of their employees.
Dear Mr. Gorsky,
Thank you for setting a new standard among major corporations with your decision to offer extended paid parental leave to your employees. The birth or adoption of a new baby should be a time for families to rejoice and bond, not worry about loss of income. The more companies like you see this, the better off the work-life balance in this country will become.
Too often in our bottom line culture, families find themselves stuck between the decision to spend time with their family or be able to maintain a comfortable income. No one should be forced to choose between these two necessities.
As one of the few nations in the world without government mandated paid parental leave, the U.S. sorely needs business leaders like Johnson & Johnson to stand up for what’s best for families. Every business is only as good as the people who make it run, and by offering this time for your employees to maintain a work-life balance you not only enrich their lives, but foster a happier and more productive workforce.
We thank you, Johnson & Johnson, for standing up for American families and offering your employees the opportunity to truly enjoy one of life’s most important moments.
[Your Name Here]
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