General Mills has announced it will be offering its workers up to 20 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Starting in January of 2019, new mothers who work for General Mills can take 18 to 20 weeks of maternity leave with 100 percent pay.
The company is also offering up to 12 weeks of paid paternity leave to new fathers, partners and adoptive parents.
“We spent a lot of time talking with employees at different life stages and asking questions about their pain points and what contributes to feeling torn between work and home,” said Jacqueline Williams-Roll, chief human resources officer, General Mills stated in a press release. “Out of those discussions, we developed a strategy to focus on these moments when employees really need support the most.”
The company said it was making the move to better align with the needs of the evolving workforce.
“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,” said Williams-Roll.