Written by Lori Eder, Marketing Communications Specialist

Parental leave, or family leave, is an employee benefit that includes maternity, paternity, and adoption leave.

Dot Foods offers a robust parental leave package that fully supports full-time male and female employees who are expecting a child through birth or adoption. That is why new parents are eligible to take up to 12 weeks off work through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), coinciding with the arrival of their child.

Time off for MATERNITY leave is a combination of:

  • 40 hours of paid maternity leave
  • Short-Term Disability (STD)
  • Paid time off (sick, personal, and vacation time)
  • Unpaid time off, if needed

Time off for PATERNITY leave is a combination of:

  • 80 hours of paid paternity leave
  • Paid time off (sick, personal, and vacation time)
  • Unpaid time off, if needed

Time off for ADOPTION leave is a combination of:

  • 80 hours of paid adoption leave
  • Paid time off (sick, personal, and vacation time)
  • Unpaid time off, if needed
The Special Beginnings maternity program supports you from early pregnancy until six weeks after delivery. An experienced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) staff member will contact you to answer any questions or concerns you may have during your pregnancy. Through BCBSIL, you are also eligible for a free breast pump and applicable accessories under the Affordable Care Act; just call your Benefits Value Advisor (at the phone number listed on the back of your insurance card) for help selecting a pump that meets your needs and preferences.

To help birth mothers successfully transition back into the workforce after maternity leave, we employ a gradual return to work policy. For full-time employees who work 40 hours a week, this means that you can work 16 hours during your first week back, 24 hours your second week, and 32 hours during your third week back—and you’ll get paid for 40 hours for all three weeks. Work hours are flexible during these weeks and can be coordinated with your manager. In addition, any employee who is breastfeeding her child will be provided reasonable break times and a private space to express breast milk for her baby for up to one year after the child’s birth.

We encourage you to utilize these valuable benefits and resources. For more information about Dot’s parental leave, see the New Additions Resource Guide on The Compass or speak to your HR manager.

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