Global Parental Leave Report
Prevalence of Global Parental Leave Policies

Parental leave policies continue to expand as new legislation ventures beyond the traditional maternity leave provisions. Some employers use enhanced statutory leave as a tool for attracting and retaining talent. Mercer has conducted extensive research on maternity, paternity, adoption and other family leave. The results are available in Mercer’s 2016 Global Parental Leave report.

Overview of Parental Leave Policies

  • Slightly more than one-third (36%) of the companies surveyed worldwide have a global parental leave policy covering multiple types of leave.


  • Among companies with a global policy, 19% have a global policy that covers all four types of leave ‑ maternity, paternity, adoption and parental


  • Of the two-thirds of companies that do not have a global policy, 12% are considering implementing one in the future.


As benefits play a more significant role in employees’ choice of employer, companies may choose to redefine their parental leave policies to ensure inclusivity. To attract and retain skilled global talent, and manage a diverse global workforce, organizations need accurate, up-to-date information on everything from salary trends to local statutory benefits.

Associated Parental Leave Report Infographics

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