One of the only education systems to offer paid leave
IDEA Public Schools announced today that it will offer up to eight weeks of paid family leave to all eligible employees effective July 1. This unprecedented decision was approved unanimously by IDEA’s senior leaders and shared with IDEA’s 3,000 employees via an internal announcement today.
Paid family leave and other medical benefits have been in the spotlight the past eighteen months given the multitude of research that shows how far behind the US is in offering its citizens quality, universal benefits.
Data shows that the United States is the only industrialized nation to not offer paid family leave. Additionally, private corporations only provide paid leave to 12% of Americans.
“The global context is what it is, unfortunately, but at IDEA Public Schools, we’re doing what we can within our universe of control for our employees,” said IDEA Founder and CEO Tom Torkelson. “We have made a commitment to our employees to do what we can to ensure they are the healthiest, happiest, best trained, most supported employees in the country, and this is just an additional way we are living up to this commitment.”
While the United States ranks last globally in its Paid Family Leave offerings, certain industries and US-based corporations are making changes: Facebook recently announced that its eligible employees can take up to four months of leave and Yahoo! currently offers between eight and sixteen weeks of leave. And, now, IDEA Public Schools joins the ranks of these national corporations as one of the only education systems to offer paid leave to its employees.
“As an organization, we lead with our values and know that this is going to be a win-win for IDEA. The happiness of our employees is critical to us continuing to achieve our mission of 100% college matriculation.”