July 31 2015
JUNEAU – Effective August 1, 2015, eligible SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) employees of either gender may access eight additional weeks of parental leave benefits to bond and care for their newborn or newly adopted child. SEARHC is extremely proud to be one of the first Alaska healthcare organizations to offer such a progressive parental approved leave (PAL) benefit.
“Being the employer of choice means not only doing the right thing but doing it in a timely manner,” said SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement. “By adopting this new policy, our employees have additional flexibility during a special time in their lives allowing for a smoother transition between home and the workplace.”
The new policy adds the option for parents to add eight weeks to the to the 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave currently offered by SEARHC. Eligible employees will be able to access up to 20 weeks of paid leave.
SEARHC employees who have worked in a regular full-time or regular part-time capacity for at least 12 months are eligible for PAL. The benefits are available every two years for one eligible parent if both are SEARHC employees.
“The changes in our parental leave policies highlight SEARHC’s commitment to our employees and the communities we serve,” commented Clement. “Work-life balance plays a significant role in maintaining good health, and we are proud that SEARHC is leading the way. ”