Parental Leave

HBC is committed to you, your family and to creating an inclusive culture that supports all of our Associates. We believe that giving you the opportunity to take time off to bond with a new child is of utmost importance. Offering Paid Parental Leave reflects our continued investment in the overall well-being of our Associates and their families.


HBC will provide up to six (6) weeks of Paid Parental Leave to US corporate full-time salaried Associates following the birth of a child or the placement of a child due to an adoption or foster care. The purpose of Paid Parental Leave is to enable the Associate to care for and bond with a newborn, a newly adopted child, or newly placed child. This policy will run concurrently with the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and/or any other leave allowed by state or local law, to the extent applicable and permitted by law (e.g., state family leave, parental leave, etc.). This policy is in addition to any short-term disability leave that is available to an eligible Associate. This policy will be in effect for births, adoptions or placements of foster children occurring on or after January 1, 2023.

You must meet one of the following criteria to take Paid Parental Leave:

  • Have given birth to a child;
  • Be a legal spouse or domestic partner (same-sex or opposite-sex) of someone who has given birth to a child;
  • Have adopted a child or been placed with a foster child (in either case, the child must be age 17 or younger). The adoption of a new spouse’s child is excluded from this policy;
  • Became a parent through the surrogacy process.

Associate benefits will continue while on a paid parental leave. As this is a paid leave, your benefits’ premiums will continue to be deducted from your Short Term Disability/Parental Leave compensation. However, if at the end of your Short Term Disability/Paid Parental Leave, you transition to a State paid family leave. You will be responsible for paying contributions for insurance and other benefits through a monthly billing process. You will receive additional details surrounding your bill, in a welcome packet, from our Benefits Administrator. 

If you have questions, reach out to our leave of absence administrator, Matrix, at 1-877-202-0055 or the HBC Benefits Department at