Target Announces Increase In Employee Benefits For Families

If moms and dads needed another reason to love Target, then they just got one. That's because there are new reports revealing that the retailer is planning to increase its employee benefits for families. This means that moms and dads who work for this company will soon be able to enjoy some family-friendly perks that will hopefully benefit them in the long run.

According to Scary Mommy, Target is planning to expand their family care benefits for both full-time and part-time employees. The company recently said in a statement that they understand how much their team members are at the heart of Target’s success, so that’s why they want to give back as much as they can. Happy parents make happy employees, right?

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Target wrote on their web site, “Our workforce, like the communities we serve, is multigenerational, and our team members face growing caregiving responsibilities including infants, children, spouses, domestic partners and aging parents.”

A lot of Target team members and fans are applauding this new step the company is taking, as they understand just how much outside support parents need these days in order to make ends meet. One of the highlights is the new backup family care program, which will give both full-time and part-time employees access to a total of 20 days of affordable in center childcare, or in home child eldercare.

Target explains, “Picture this: You’re about to leave for work, but suddenly, school or daycare is closed, a sitter or eldercare provider gets sick. With our new backup care benefit, team members can rest assured that their loved ones have safe, affordable, reliable care while they’re at work.”

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The company goes on to say that they know just how unexpected childcare situations can be, especially when they're unplanned. Knowing that Target provides backup will give parents comfort knowing that they can still take care of their families when situations like these come up.

If that weren’t enough, employees will also receive double the amount of paid time off to care for a new baby. Employees can use extended family time off for their maternity or paternity leave, an adoption, foster placement, serious illness or if they need to take care of an elderly family member. In addition, the company is also doubling the amount they will be for adoption or surrogacy fees.

This move is on top of Target’s pledge to increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour. The increased rate went up from $12 and $13 an hour respectively back in April. The company is now hoping to bring everyone up to $15 by 2020. Here's hoping that they'll pull it off!

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