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Sweetgreen introduces five months of paid parental leave

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.

"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."

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

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (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.

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