Women’s Equality Day 2021
Every year, the United States celebrates Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in America.
Much has changed since women were granted the right to vote in 1920. The roles women play in society and in the workplace have shifted and morphed immensely in the past 100 years—including having a significant impact on Dot Foods, the needs of our employees, the opportunities within our communities, and the desires of our business partners.
There are a handful of ways Dot Foods tailors benefits and work options to female employees to ensure they can continue to have a successful career while simultaneously managing the changing responsibilities they have towards their partners, families, and communities.
Flexible Work Arrangements
Dot offers different “flexible work arrangements” that employees may benefit from. They are built around flexibility in scheduling and place of work. Options range from short-term, infrequent schedule changes, to shift modifications, and individualized start and end times.
In the Office
Many teams across Dot have made adjustments to their working schedules to accommodate the lives all employees have outside of work. For example, last year, the Accounts Receivable (AR) team introduced “core hours.” Core hours means that all AR employees are expected to be available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Outside of those core hours, employees have the option to start or leave work earlier or later as needed, as long as they continue to maintain the same average working hours each week.
Dot has also seen an increase in the number of employees who are working from home part-time or are full-time remote—especially after dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. All of these options can be made available by discussing them with your manager.
In the Warehouse & On the Road
Different Dot warehouses and transportation teams across the country have slightly different flexibility options. But one thing that remains constant? If you need flexibility or additional time off, talk to your manager. They are happy to work with any employee to try to get their schedule to align with what is happening outside of work.
Parental Leave & New Mother Benefits
Over the past few years, Dot has enhanced its parental leave and new mother benefits to better accommodate new parents—especially new mothers.
We want to make sure you have sufficient time to bond with your child and experience the wonders of parenthood. New parents, whether through birth or adoption, 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:
- One week of paid maternity leave
- Short-Term Disability (STD)
- Unpaid time off
- 48 hours gradual return to work
Once you have adopted a child or children, you are eligible to receive two weeks of paid leave. You may use these hours alongside any sick, personal, and vacation time. In addition, Dot will reimburse you up to $3,000 in eligible expenses per finalized adoption.
Gradual Return to Work Program
To help you transition back into work, we offer a Gradual Return to Work program from maternity leave for birth mothers. For full-time employees who work 40 hours a week, this means you can work 16 hours during your first week back, 24 hours your second week, and 32 hours during your third week back—and still get paid for 40 hours for all three weeks. Hours worked are flexible during these weeks and can be coordinated with your manager.
Nursing Mothers & Milk Stork
Dot recognizes the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and infant, and we support any employee who chooses to express breast milk for her nursing child while back at work.
For up to one year after the child’s birth, any employee who is breastfeeding her child will be provided reasonable break times and a private space to express breast milk for her baby. The break time may run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. Dot offers paid reasonable break time as needed by the employee.
Dot knows that juggling the demands of motherhood and your career can be overwhelming. The Milk Stork program compliments Dot’s Gradual Return to Work policy by allowing mothers to ship breast milk home while traveling for work.
Variety of Job Options
Juggling the schedules of family life can be a daunting task and can feel restricting when it comes to work options. That’s why we offer a variety of schedule options for our employees. In the Dot Foods warehouse, we provide employees with the option to work either four 10-hour shifts or three 12-hour shifts per week. These shifts are offered at a variety of cadences and shift times to best work with their lifestyle. If you’re a woman in trucking and are looking for a reliable schedule with weekly home time, Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) is the right fleet for you. We offer a variety of schedule options, as well as the option to be a delivery driver or a no-touch freight driver.