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What Paid Leave Means to Us


At Levi Strauss & Co., our people make us who we are. That means creating an environment that enables each of us to be healthy, happy and successful at home and at work.

Today, we recognize the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal law that guarantees employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year. In the 25 years since FMLA became the law of the land, the country’s workforce, family make-up, jobs and economy have changed and we recognize the need for a federal paid leave plan to respond to that change. That is why Levi Strauss & Co. supports the passage of the Family Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), because access to paid family and medical leave is both the right and the smart thing to do for business and for workers.

Last year, we expanded our paid parental leave policy for all hourly and salaried U.S. employees with benefits, regardless of gender, to receive up to eight weeks of paid parental leave. The paid parental leave benefit is in addition to existing short-term disability benefits for birth mothers.

We’re proud to stand with those who support this legislation as it not only aligns with our company’s paid parental leave policy, but it is also a shared belief that time with new family is invaluable.

Hear from three employees who have benefited from the time with family. Interested in sharing your own story? Go to supportpaidleave.org to upload your own video.