Last year, CQuence Health Group announced paid parental leave for all team members who have been with the company for 12 or more consecutive months. This benefit provides 10 weeks of paid time off for both mothers and fathers and encompasses families of all kinds.
Team members who welcome children via adoption or fostering are eligible as well, something Marketing Content Strategist Marc Costanzo appreciated. Marc and his wife, Kelly, celebrated the adoption of their daughter, Evelyn, in December of 2019.
“I’m very grateful for the benefit because it is inclusive of fathers and supports families of all types,” said Marc. “It meant so much to me to have that support in an adoption when it was critical to have time to bond with Evie in those first few months.”
The parental leave benefit gives a new mom or dad much-needed time to prepare, adjust and bond as a family. It also helps families who adopt because it alleviates the stress of using PTO while trying to adapt to their new family life.
“This benefit shows that as important as work is, family is just as important, and that really separates CQ from other employers,” said Marc. “Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you want to raise a family, the company supports you.”
The benefit applies to both full- and part-time employees at our family of companies. Approved paid parental leave may be taken at any time during the six-month period immediately following the birth, adoption or placement of a child with an employee. Each week of paid parental leave is also compensated at 100 percent of the employee’s regular weekly pay.
Patrick Yee, Ensocare’s Chief Technology Officer, and his wife, Patty, welcomed their first child, Charlotte, in July of 2019.
“I didn’t actually take formal family leave, but I should have taken it,” said Patrick. “Having the option as a father to be able to take time to bond with your child is incredibly important.”
Patrick said that he fully intends to use the benefit if he has another child and that he has learned firsthand that taking care of a new baby takes an emotional and physical toll for new fathers as well.
“It’s so important to offer these types of benefits because the amount of time it takes to physically recover, bond with your newborn and be mentally prepared to go back to work is so much more than the bare minimum time off that you would get with other companies,” said Patrick.
User Interface Engineer Chad White has seen both sides of the coin. When his first child, Noelle, was born, he was working as an artist for a sign company that didn’t offer any kind of parental leave benefit.
“It definitely opened my eyes,” said Chad. “My experience with Ensocare was 180 degrees different and way better.”
Chad and his wife, Laura, welcomed their son, Milo, in November of 2019. Chad said that it makes a huge difference when you have access to the paid parental leave benefit.
“It was really reassuring for me to know that I was able to be there and connect with my son during those formative months,” said Chad. “It showed me that where I work genuinely cares about the family dynamic and the influence that a father has on his children, and that to me is worth more than anything.”
CQuence’s parental leave benefit reflects the evolving role an employer has in helping its team members have a healthy work-life balance.