Today we released our new Parental and Medical Leave policy to our staff.  I’m really proud of this one.  As business owners, we get to have an extensive impact on the lives of our team members, both at work and at home.  I don’t take that responsibility lightly, in fact, that is precisely what gets me going every morning.  The last words of our Values Statement really say it all:  “JEB is driven by a deep sense of shared success—the kind that strengthens your client partners, your colleagues, your family and your community.  Join us as we change our lives and others’.”  We do way more than affiliate marketing, paid search analytics and our other services, we change lives.  And through policies like this one we get to do just that.

So what is the policy?  I’ll break the main points down for you here:

  • 3 months (12 weeks) of paid leave at 100% of an eligible employee’s current pay and continued health care coverage.
  • An additional, optional, 3 months (12 weeks) of paid leave at 25% of an eligible employee’s current pay.
  • An additional non-paid 6 months leave is offered to our team members, guaranteeing a position and their salary on the day they left upon their return.
  • This goes for mothers and fathers.
  • For medical emergencies/sickness we offer one month at 100% of an eligible team members current pay for approved circumstances.

One thing is very important to me personally and that is family.  I believe that mother’s shouldn’t be forced back to work within a few weeks because of fear of losing their jobs or the rung on the ladder they achieved before they gave birth.  Those first few months are so vital, they should be able to focus on their family, and dad’s too, instead of worrying about work.  And since I own the company :) I get the opportunity to live that out with everyone in my organization.  I want to build a place where my daughter can work, and I’d be proud of her doing it.  A place that honors families and allows all our team members to better their entire lives through the work they do here.  I think this policy holds true to those beliefs and I’m excited to share it with you.  And challenge other business owners to look at those policies like these, and see how they can strengthen and better their team members’ lives.

Gotta be the change you want to see right?

12 thoughts on “The JEB Parental Leave Policy – It’s about family.

  1. Jamie, you continue to surprise me, my friend. And considering you’re the person I proudly proclaim as THE most honest and trustworthy person in the affiliate industry, that’s not an easy thing to do. This is a wonderful and fantastic policy. Seriously well done.

    1. Andrew, thank you so much for your kind words. It truly means so much to me. You’ve always been a dear friend. I’m proud of this policy and I hope that it starts a more thoughtful conversations and inspires other business owners to think a bit outside the box and take a step like this.

    1. Thank you Margaret! We’ve had so much positive response I don’t know where to start! We’ve been discussing something like this for well over a year as we measured costs, ROI’s and such. In the end it came down to what felt right and what was consistent with our values. I’m sure the ROI will work itself out :)

  2. Jamie, this speaks volumes about how you care about your employees and their families. Thank you for being a stand up guy both at work and home!!! Ed and Donna must be so proud!!!!

    1. Thank you Molly! I’m a bit overwhelmed by the response this week. I’m so thankful that our care and stewardship of our staff really comes out in that policy. These guys and gals are awesome and I’m privileged and blessed to be leading them. I’ve heard so many stories since releasing this of mom’s and dad’s heading back to work after only a few weeks, even after emergency post pregnancy surgery, for fear they would lose their job or their station in their career. I wanted to build an organization where that fear doesn’t exist. It’s a process, and this was one step that I’m hoping helps get us there. Thank you again for your kind words and support!

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