KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2019) – Pilot Flying J, the 14th largest private company in America* with more than 28,000 team members, is adding paid, gender-neutral parental leave to its benefit package. Effective Sept. 1, the benefit provides 100% paid parental leave for six weeks to all team members, both full- and part-time, who have at least one year of service and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months.
“As a family-owned business that is one of the country’s largest private companies, it is critical that we support our team members with growing families,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We recognize the importance of focusing on your family’s well-being and that welcoming a new family member can be an exciting and stressful time. We strongly believe that paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers is a much-needed benefit, especially for hourly workers in the retail and convenience store industries and we are proud to provide this benefit to our team members.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of March 2018, only 17% of all civilian workers had access to paid family leave. In the retail industry, where many employees are part-time and hourly, this number is even lower at 7%. In addition, 7 in 10 fathers in the U.S. that took parental leave only used 10 days of leave or less.
Pilot Flying J’s workforce is comprised of a wide variety of full- and part-time roles across its locations, including the headquarters in Knoxville, offices in Texas, and the more than 650 travel centers across the U.S. In addition to paid parental leave, Pilot Flying J team members enjoy excellent benefit packages, including:
- Weekly pay
- Paid time off
- 401k contributions
- Tuition assistance
- Comprehensive and affordable medical plans for full-time team members, including a $10 per week plan for hourly team members