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Amazon adds paternity leave for its employees

The medical world has said for years that the relationship between the father of a child and his child is vitally important for both the father and child's well-being. However, until recently, laws and society in general have been slow to act and embrace this reality. This is changing however. Paternity rights have become an important factor in protecting the relationship between a father and his child, both in law, and in the workplace. This has recently become evident by the decision of the internet giant Amazon to offer men paid paternity leave. The company will also extend paid maternity leave from eight weeks up to 20 weeks, and will also offer an innovative new program called the "Leave Share Program."

The "Leave Share Program" enables Amazon employees to share their paid leave with their spouse by paying for remaining time if an employee does not use the full time allotted. This will allow the other parent to take time off from work to spend with the baby as well. Because 80 percent of companies in the United States do not offer any paid parental leave, this will be a boon for many couples who do not both receive paternity and maternity benefits.

In addition, the company is offering a flex program to allow new parents to work their way back up to full time after taking an extended leave. These new policies go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 but are applicable to all babies born after Oct. 1, 2015.

For fathers who have a child while in a marriage, the father is automatically included on the child's birth certificate. But for children born outside of a marriage, a father may have to prove his paternity if there is a conflict between him and the mother. With today's technology, paternity tests are easy and inexpensive to perform.

More than ever before there are numerous benefits and reasons to confirm a father's paternity and assure his paternity rights. People in the St. Charles area who need more information about paternity rights should contact a family law attorney.

Source: Huffington Post "Amazon Vastly Improves Parental Leave Benefits," Emily Peck, Accessed on Nov. 2, 2015

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