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Forget paternity leave, ‘paw-ternity’ leave is the recruiting benefit of the future

Many employers don’t even offer paternity leave to employees, but one organization offers this benefit for both human and fur babies.

The latter is called “paw-ternity” leave, and it’s a benefit in a class all its own.

It’s also a perk one Scottish brewery recently opened up to its 1,000 employees. BrewDog offers new dog owners one week off with pay to get their pet acclimated to their new homes.

On top of its canine-related leave, which aims to make the animal adoption less stressful for employees and dogs, BrewDog offers extremely generous paternity and maternity leave.

It’s all part of the owners’ quest to offer the best benefits of any company in the world.

‘We just really, really like dogs’

As BrewDog co-founder James Watt explained:

“It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home. So we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family. We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits. At BrewDog, we care about two things above all else: People and beer. We also just really, really like dogs.”

If this sounds like the type of company you’d love to work for, you don’t have to become an ex-pat to do it.

BrewDog is set to open up a state-side location in Ohio.


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  1. I’m more of a cat person honestly, but I like this! Especially in a world where the candidate is no longer swayed by the pay check alone. “Small” things like this will make the difference in the future, I’m sure of it. Especially for startups hiring in competitive markets, the option for pawternity leave might just be the deciding factor to get a candidate to work for them over the competition.

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