Constellation Brands Inc. announced Monday a comprehensive expansion of its parental leave benefits for all eligible employees in the United States.
New birth mothers now qualify for 16 weeks of fully paid leave and any employee, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can now take up to eight weeks of paid leave when they welcome a new baby or child to their family, including through adoption or foster placement.
The enhanced parental leave benefits supplement the paid leave Constellation Brands currently provides to birth mothers.
“Welcoming a new baby or child is a momentous event for all families,” said Tom Kane, Constellation Brands executive vice president and chief human resources officer, in a statement. “As a company founded with and guided by family values, Constellation appreciates the importance for all parents to have the opportunity to spend time and bond with their new child.”
Constellation Brands, based in Victor, Ontario County, ranked first on the most recent Rochester Business Journal list of public companies, ranked by market value. The company has 725 local workers.
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