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Pilot Flying J Adds Parental Leave Benefit

Offering option to most employees with one year of service
Photograph courtesy of Pilot Flying J

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has added paid, gender-neutral parental leave to its benefit package, the company announced.

Effective Sept. 1, the benefit provides 100% paid parental leave for six weeks to all team members, both full-time and part-time, who have at least one year of service and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months.

“As a family-owned business that is one of the country’s largest private companies, it is critical that we support our team members with growing families,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We recognize the importance of focusing on your family’s well-being and that welcoming a new family member can be an exciting and stressful time. We strongly believe that paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers is a much-needed benefit, especially for hourly workers in the retail and convenience store industries, and we are proud to provide this benefit to our team members.”

As of March 2018, only 17% of all civilian workers had access to paid family leave, the company said, citing the U.S. Department of Labor. In the retail industry, where many employees are part-time and hourly, this number is even lower, at 7%, and 7 in 10 fathers in the United States that took parental leave used only 10 days of leave or less, Pilot Flying J said.

In addition to paid parental leave, Pilot Flying J team members’ benefit packages include weekly pay, paid time off, 401(k) contributions and tuition assistance, as well as comprehensive and affordable medical plans for full-time team members, including a $10-per-week plan for hourly team members.

As a company committed to its people-first culture, Pilot Flying J said it invests in the development and wellness of its team members with access to mentoring programs, a career planning tool and professional skills development. The company also provides a fully equipped gym at its headquarters, low-cost gym membership plans and a well-being app with challenges and sweepstakes to engage with team members in their commitment to health.

  • Pilot Flying J is No. 12 in CSP’s2019 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of retail locations.

Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, a nationwide network of 32 Truck Care service centers with roadside assistance, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering diesel exhaust fluid at the pump.

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