New fathers, parents still face stigma in taking paid parental leave, Unum survey finds

A survey recently conducted by Unum of 500 new U.S. parents across the country found that 37% of new fathers said they feel there is still a stigma in their workplace around new parents, with 80% of them experiencing it firsthand.

Even though 62% of the 500 parents surveyed said their employer offers paid parental leave, 50% spent 30 days or less away from the workplace when they had or adopted a child.

John Gandy, an investment officer at Unum, decided to take advantage of the full amount of Unum's six-week paid parental leave program that launched in 2018.

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Unum (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for more than 170 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2021, Unum reported revenues of $12.0 billion and paid $8.2 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®.


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