Parental leave is an employee benefit that provides approved time off for the birth, adoption or care of a child or dependent. In the United States, unpaid parental leave is mandated by law for both mothers and fathers, which means the company must hold the employee’s position during an approved absence. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the minimum requirement for job protection benefits is 12 weeks. During this time period, the employer must also continue to provide group health insurance coverage for qualified individuals. In addition, some companies offer paid time off that is funded through private sources or subsidized by other employees.
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