'Paw-Ternity' Leave?: Some Companies Are Offering Pet Owners Paid Time Off
Move over, "me-ternity" leave. Now, some pet owners are getting their own version of paid family leave.
Several companies in the United Kingdom are offering employees paid time off to care for their four-legged friends.
The U.S. pet-insurance provider Petplan found that nearly five percent of pet owners in the U.K. were offered several days of "paw-ternity" leave, Fox 5 reported.
Apparently, these days may be used when a pet is sick or a new furry family member is brought home.
The social media reaction to "paw-ternity" leave has been decidedly mixed:
@nypost Rubbish. Never heard of this happening in the UK
— Christine (@northernlass73) May 2, 2016
The U.K. now has paid Pawternity leave if you get a new puppy, America needs to step it up.
— Aaryn jewell (@Aarynleigh) May 3, 2016
— Jody Taylor (@Jodyjtaylor) May 2, 2016
Just saw a headline about companies offering pawternity leave for employees with new pets and I'm done. I'm done with today.
— Kameron P. Nettleton (@kamtheman7) May 2, 2016
— Kpana N. Kpoto (@MizKpoto) May 3, 2016
SOME COMPANIES IN BRITAIN OFFER PAWTERNITY FOR WHEN YOU GET A NEW PET AND NOW I WANT TO LIVE THERE
— chloe (@ChloeTrejo) May 2, 2016
The UK now has something called "#PawternityLeave".
Paternity leave for new pet owners.
England, you're great, but this is too much
— Chris Knoblock (@cknoblock17) May 3, 2016
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