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Attorney Parker Layrisson offers paid family leave for parents

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Views: 7290

Attorney Parker Layrisson offers paid family leave for parents

PONCHATOULA - Local lawyer Parker Layrisson is taking a stand for working mothers. His personal injury law firm now offers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees.

Layrisson’s team of six full time employees includes attorneys and support staff. So far, his paid family leave policy has benefitted one attorney and one legal assistant.

“Being a parent is the most rewarding, important, and difficult job we could ever have,” said Layrisson. “As a small business owner, I care about my employees and their families. That’s why I’m paying extra to help mothers and fathers find the right work-life balance. They deserve to spend time at home with their children like I do.”

Neither federal nor state law requires businesses with fewer than 50 employees to provide any family leave. No law requires businesses of any size to offer paid leave.

Layrisson is unaware of any other local small business that provides paid leave for parents of newborn babies.

“I’m incredibly thankful Parker has offered paid parental leave. This opportunity has allowed me to enjoy precious time with my baby boy without worrying about the financial strain time off of work would put on my family. I wish more mothers were able to experience this gift, but sadly Parker is in the minority of employers offering it. I’m very blessed to work for such a compassionate and understanding attorney,” said Megan Kelley, a young lawyer who recently gave birth to her first child
“Working women such as Megan are the rising tide that lifts all boats,” said Layrisson.

“The United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave. This means we force most mothers back to work right after giving birth, just to keep their jobs. Working moms deserve more support. I’m not saying every private business should pay family leave. It’s very expensive, so each business owner should decide. But those of us who can afford to help working moms should at least consider it. Our entire community would be better off if parents could get the time and money they need to welcome their new babies.”