April 29th, 2015

J&J and the 21st Century Working Family

By Peter Fasolo, Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources and Lisa Blair Davis, Vice President, International Total Reward and Global Benefits

At Johnson & Johnson, we are firmly committed to living Our Credo. A key tenet of this is to respect the dignity of our employees, foster a workplace culture of health and provide equal opportunity for everyone. This focus on diversity and inclusion makes us a more caring company, and enables our people to truly come together to solve the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

To that end, we are thrilled about the announcement we made this morning: a significant upgrade to our parental leave policy in the United States. Starting May 1st, all new parents – maternal, paternal, and adoptive – will have the opportunity to take eight weeks of paid leave during the first year of the family’s birth or adoption.

JNJParentalLeaveThis new policy is in addition to our current leave policies, which means moms who give birth can take up to 17 paid weeks off. The time doesn’t need to be taken consecutively, so our people can enjoy some much-needed flexibility during such a critical time in their lives. We’re also making it retroactive for employees who became parents on or after May 2014.

We are especially proud of the changes instituted today because they underscore our strong support for the modern-day family, no matter what shape that family takes. In addition to the obvious benefits for mothers, our new policy is also a great stride forward in terms of fathers’ and adoptive parents’ leave.

As President Obama said at a recent Working Families Champions of Change event in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a nation, it is our responsibility to “[bring] workplaces stuck in the last century into this century, and this is something that I’ve made a priority as President.  Because our workplaces have changed, we have to change with them.”

Johnson & Johnson is immensely proud to be at the forefront of driving the type of critical change needed to align workplace policies with the realities of the 21st Century family. Today is a perfect occasion for J&J employees to celebrate our company’s commitment to the health & wellness of families, to work-life balance, and to putting first the needs and well-being of the people we serve.

Peter FasoloPeter M. Fasolo is the Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources, responsible for the global talent, recruiting, diversity, compensation, benefits, employee relations and all aspects of the human resources agenda for the Company. Mr. Fasolo is a member of the Executive Committee, Management Compensation Committee, and Chairman of the Pension and Benefits Committee. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004 as Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources for Cordis Corporation. He serves on the Board of the Human Resources Policy Association in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Board of Directors for the Families and Work Institute in New York, also serves on the Board of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, and is a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey.

Lisa Blair Davis is Vice President, International Total Rewards & Global Benefits for Johnson & Johnson. Lisa is responsible for the strategy, design and execution of Johnson & Johnson’s global benefits programs as well as oversight for the international total rewards functions. With her team, Lisa will play a critical role in shaping the agenda for our current and future workforce, as we focus on health, wellness, benefits and rewards for our employees around the world. During her 20 years with Johnson & Johnson, Lisa has held numerous roles in Human Resources supporting each of the three Johnson & Johnson business sectors – Consumer, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Florida.

74 Responses to “J&J and the 21st Century Working Family”

  1. Paul Kato says

    what a great opportunity and allowance J&J has made for the new parents in our cycle of life. i very much applaud this new benefit for all employees. I do have a response, that I’m sure other J&J employess realize, that yes it is great for the beginnings of any family life, but what about the other piece of our cycle of life, when we have elders to take care of? With basically using our “vacation” time, sick time, and condolance leave, all very appreciative, but, taking care of our parents, or grandparents, seems at times, just as hard, or harder, than we had raising our children. I only suggest that it would be great to have, maybe an extended time benefits, that are similar to the latest parental leave benefit. Working people who have a single or both parents needing health support, physical needs, when we ourselves work, taking the time off from work to help our loved ones can be extremely stressful and doing the managing of how to take the time off to solve. I know there a few options now,such as FMLA, but most cannot take leave without pay unfortunately. Thank you for your time.

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