Episode # 37 – True Impact of Paid Paternity Leave: Rob Wilson

Today’s guest is Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA . SAFFIRE LEGAL PC’s founder and principal attorney Teresa McQueen talks with Rob about his thoughts on the true cost of providing paid Paternity leave. Rob will discuss his perspective – based on the findings of a Danish research project – on how businesses can actually increase retention and recruitment through paid paternity related leave. 

This show also offers a brief comment on the emerging COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to spread across the nation impacting our personal lives as well as our workplace relationships.

Episode Timeline

00:06Introduction and Disclaimer 01:38Need for Paternity Leave 13:38Break and Public Service Announcement 14:49COVID-19 19:59Future of Paid Paternity Leave 25:00Teresa’s Closing Remarks

“76% of men who take paid paternity leave return to work within 1 week.”

– Rob Wilson

Highlights From This Week’s Workplace Perspective:

  • According to Rob Wilson, workplace culture heavily influences when/if men take paternity leave.
  • The overall goal in pushing for paid paternity leave is the desire to provide parents the opportunity to become involved in their children’s lives from the earliest possible moment. 
  • Positive impacts of improved recruitment and retention outweigh the perceived negative impacts associated with alleged financial burdens and downturns in productivity due to paid leave.
  • More and more large employers such as Starbucks, General Mills, and Lowe’s Hardware, are taking the initiative and providing paid parental leave.   

Rob’s Tips for Those Interested In Increasing Paid Parental Leave

  • Advocate within your organization by bringing the issue of paid parental leave to the attention of top management or your Human Resources Team. 
  • Contact your state and federal representative and encourage them to bring attention to the issue.
  • Join a local, state or national organization and lend your voice!

Thank you to Rob Wilson. Find more about him here.

Hosted by

Teresa McQueen, Esq.
Founder, Host and Executive Producer
Teresa is a skilled trial attorney (a recovering litigator!), Corporate Counsel for Western Growers Family of Companies, a published author and frequent speaker on a wide range of topics including harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. She is a Certified Business Etiquette Trainer and hosts the Workplace Perspective podcast to help organizations of all sizes develop and maintain successful employer/employee relationships.*

*The views expressed by Teresa McQueen are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Western Growers Family of Companies, its officers, directors, board members, employees, or members.

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