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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Introduces New 13-Week Paid Parental Leave Policy

November 8th, 2023

Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Chamber of Commerce takes a trailblazing step in prioritizing the well-being of its employees by unveiling a 13-week fully paid parental leave policy. This initiative underscores the Columbus Chamber’s commitment to fostering a family-friendly workplace culture. 

The Columbus Chamber believes that this enhanced parental leave policy will not only benefit our valued employees but also lead to a more motivated and engaged workforce. By providing an extended leave package, the Columbus Chamber seeks to attract top talent, nurture loyalty among our team, and create an environment that truly values work-life balance. 

In a further demonstration of our commitment to our employees’ well-being, the Columbus Chamber has also introduced a 4-week paid bereavement leave for miscarriage. This compassionate offering reflects our dedication to supporting our team members during challenging times while fostering a culture of empathy and understanding. 

Don DePerro, President & CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, commented on this monumental step: “We take immense pride in raising the bar for employee benefits by introducing our 13-week paid parental leave and 4-week paid bereavement leave for miscarriages. This extended leave is a testament to our unwavering commitment to our employees’ well-being, recognizing their pivotal role in both their professional and personal lives. We firmly believe that this policy will have a profoundly positive impact on our employees, their families, and our entire business community.” 

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The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving more than 2,300 organizations throughout the Columbus Region. The Columbus Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving business community and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, diversity, equity, inclusion and access, education, and talent and workforce development. Learn more: