Sweetgreen introduces five months of paid parental leave
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Fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen announced Tuesday that it will now give its employees five months of paid parental leave.

“At sweetgreen, mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents, and others with new additions to their families will now receive 5 months of fully paid parental leave,” the company posted on its Instagram account.

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“We believe it’s our responsibility to lead the way given the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents,” Sweetgreen continued. “This move is rare for our industry and we hope this creates a conversation for other companies to join.”

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At @sweetgreen, mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents, and others with new additions to their families will now receive 5 months fully paid parental leave. We believe it is our responsibility to lead the way given the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents. Nobody makes a bigger impact than our team members - it’s their dedication that allows us to live our mission every day: connecting people to real food. Someone once gave us a piece of advice we live by: people don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. This is the essence of one of our most important core values - make an impact. This move is rare for our industry and we hope this creates a conversation for other companies to join.

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Sweetgreen's move comes amid a renewed push for paid family leave from policymakers.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandLobbying world 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats reintroduced a paid family leave bill last month that would allow people to take paid family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks and would be paid for through small increases in payroll taxes.

GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, have offered a proposal that would allow people to pull forward some of their Social Security benefits to use for paid parental leave.