Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Salisbury, North Carolina-based Food Lion will offer a paid parental leave benefit to all full-time associates. With this benefit, associates of any gender may take six weeks of paid parental leave within the first 12 months of a child’s birth, adoption or other legal, custodial placement.
“Welcoming a new member into a family is an important and special time, and it’s important to us at Food Lion to offer this benefit to support well-being and balance in our associates’ personal and professional lives,” says Linda Johnson, SVP, human resources at Food Lion. “Food Lion is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization that celebrates and nurtures our associates and their families in the towns and cities we serve. This is a benefit we are proud to offer, and we look forward to it becoming available at the start of the new year.”
The paid parental leave benefit will be eligible to all full-time Food Lion associates with at least one year of continuous service with the company as of the date their child is born, adopted or placed with an associates’ family or the date the placement was finalized.
The new option will help eligible associates throughout the organization in important times of transition in their families. It adds to Food Lion’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program for associates, which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance; disability; paid time off; educational assistance and other benefit programs.
Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores and employs more than 63,000 associates in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.