Some Women’s Benefits Rise While Others Fall: Findings from New SHRM Survey

More companies are offering paid maternity leave and paternity leave compared to years past

Jul 11, 2017
According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s newly released Employee Benefits Survey, 30 percent of organizations currently provide paid maternity leave beyond what is covered by short-term disability or state law, an increase from 26 percent in 2016. 

Fewer employers on the other hand—24 percent—offer paternity leave.  

However, while some women’s benefits are on the rise others are on the decline. For example, contraceptive coverage has decreased by 7 percentage points compared to just five years ago. 

Related findings: 

Two-thirds of women (66 percent) use all paid maternity leave, while far fewer male employees used all available paternity leave. In fact, female employees were almost twice as likely as men to use all parental/family leave.
On-site lactation rooms (42 percent) increased 8 percentage points compared with 2013.
75 percent of employers said they offer contraceptive coverage compared to 82 percent in 2013. 
Only one-quarter (24 percent) of employers offer in-vitro fertilization coverage compared to 30 percent in 2013. 
Only one quarter (26 percent) of employers offer infertility treatment coverage other than in-vitro fertilization. 

The survey polled 3,227 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership.  

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 or

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