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Company offering pet owners "paw-ternity" leave

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 09:44:41-04

You've heard of paternity leave, but what about "paw-ternity" leave?

Some companies are letting employees take off work when they get a new pet.

It's mostly happening in Europe for now. Musti Group, the largest pet supply chain in the Nordics, is offering the possibility of a paid, three-day leave for employees who get a new puppy or kitten. 

Pawternity went into effect on June 1 for the company's 1,500 employees.

In the U.S., it's a little tougher. Just 12 percent of American employers offer paid family leave.

The U.S. doesn't have federal laws that require paid leave. It's mostly up to the company.

Tech and pet care companies tend to be the few American companies who offer pet leave.