Pictured above: Jordan's wife holding his son
To support our associates as they grow their families, we offer non-birthing associates paid time off through a top-up program (to supplement Parental Benefits) for up to 12 weeks.
Our full-time associates can also access a Gradual Return to Work Program for four to eight weeks.
When Jordan learned about the leave program, he decided to take some time away from work to be with his family during these early months in his son’s life.
“When I realized this was an opportunity I had now, I knew the time would be irreplaceable,” Jordan says. “I was determined to be the best father that I could possibly be.”
He said the parental leave program was easy to navigate which made him feel more confident in his decision to take the time to focus his family.
“My son is growing so quickly, and so much happens in just one day. Instead of hearing about moments from my wife, I was able to witness new milestones for myself,” Jordan said of his time on parental leave.
“Aside from the small day-to-day experiences, we also did a few outings as a family. We visited the Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, and The Big Apple (a popular attraction in Colborne, ON.)”
Reg Brown, Corporate Counsel at Walmart, is also a new(ish) dad, and will start his parental leave the day after Father’s Day 2023.
“In just 10 months, Max has gone from a 4-pound 13-ounce ‘potato’ - that is what my wife called him as a newborn - to a nearly 20-pound baby beaming with life, energy and personality to spare,” Reg says.
He knew he wanted to take parental leave the day Max was born – not only for his son, but also for his wife. Reg says it was important for him to be there to support his wife as she transitions back to work. He also wanted to spend some time one-on-one with his son.