Guide to Paid Leave Practices 2017

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Paid leave – including sick leave and family leave – is a hot topic recently, and one that Bloomberg BNA has not explored in depth in a survey report for several years. Since the last time a report in this area was released, the landscape of paid leave has changed and many survey areas and topics are completely re-worked. This new and improved report offers a detailed look into the current state of paid leave in the U.S.

Paid Leave Practices 2017 is based on responses from 852 human resource executives and professionals representing a broad cross section of U.S. employers.

The survey asked HR participants about what kind of system their organization offers—whether it is a separate, traditional leave plan that provides specific amounts of paid leave for particular reasons or whether they offer their employees a comprehensive paid time off (PTO) plan that includes a set amount of leave for whatever purpose the employee chooses.

In addition to questions designed to determine the prevalence of different leave systems, the survey asked respondents detailed questions about other specific types of paid leave programs offered by many employers:  

  • annual/vacation leave
  • sick leave
  • personal leave/floating holidays
  • family leave (including maternity, paternity, adoption, and other types of family leave)
  • civic leave (including jury duty and other civic responsibilities)
  • bereavement/funeral leave
  • Sabbaticals and leaves of absence 

Participants were asked about the amount of leave given for each leave type, as well as how that leave is credited to employees. The survey also queried HR representatives about whether their leave plans have minimum length of service requirements before employees become eligible, whether there are requirements that a minimum increment of leave must be taken at one time and many other details of the specific plans.




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