TARGET: Improve your paid parental leave policy

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I’m a super busy mom and have always chosen to shop at Target because I thought its policies towards employees were more humane than Walmart.

But I just learned Target is worse than Walmart -- it only offers two weeks paid parental leave plus some short-term disability for people who give birth!

Leaving my tiny two-week-old baby would be extremely painful, and yet 1 in 4 women in this country have to go back to work within 2 weeks of giving birth because of inadequate policies like Target's.

When I gave birth to my son Oliver, I only had six weeks of paid parental leave, barely enough time to recover from my C-section. I can't imagine what it would have been like if me or my husband would have had to leave him after just two weeks.

So when I see Target employees stocking shelves, working the check-out line or answering questions I can’t help but wonder whether they’ve got a tiny baby at home who they can’t be with.

I believe being there and providing for those you love isn’t negotiable. That’s why I’d love for you to join me in calling on Target to provide 12 weeks fully paid parental leave to ALL employees.

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To: Target CEO Brian Cornell

As one of the largest employers in the U.S. your family leave policies have an enormous impact on the lives of working families. Right now Target is failing to live up to its image as one of America’s favorite family brands, but you’ve got a clear opportunity to close that gap by expanding Target’s paid parental leave policy for ALL of its employees to 12 weeks fully paid. As Walmart recently showed there is a huge opportunity to provide employees the leave they need, and employers who don’t keep up will lose out in the race for talent.