Caitlin Flynn
December 06, 2016 1:11 pm

A hot topic during this election cycle was guaranteed paid family leave — an initiative that Hillary Clinton vowed to fight for as president. Unfortunately, Donald Trump doesn’t share her views, and there’s little hope that any national progress will be made under his administration. But, Ikea is doing something incredible for working parents — and other companies would be wise to follow their lead.

Under the new plan, workers will receive their full pay for the first six weeks and 50 percent for the second six weeks. Employees who have been with the company for three or more years get four months of paid leave — they’ll collect full pay for the first eight weeks and half pay for the second eight weeks.


At this time, America lags behind other developed nations in a major way. Under the Family Medical Leave Act, employees are only entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave — which means that taking time off is not an option for workers who don’t bring home a considerably high salary.

Trump won’t help working parents, but companies can take matters into their own hands and provide employees with the same rights that are given to workers in other developed nations.