Catholic Relief Services Employee Benefit: Maternity & Paternity Leave | Glassdoor

Catholic Relief Services Maternity & Paternity Leave

Updated May 31, 2016

17 employees reported this benefit

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Eligible after 6 months of employment.


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  • Feb 06, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStarEmployee

    CRS updated their maternity leave policy in October 2018. You now get 8 weeks maternity leave, with an additional 2 weeks parental leave. All of which are fully paid. You can also include whatever vacation and sick leave up to a certain number of weeks.

  • Aug 10, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStarEmployee

    Given that CRS is a Catholic organization that is very family friendly in most other aspects of benefits, the poor maternity and paternity leave policy is not well aligned with the organizations values. Mothers get 6 weeks of paid vacation if they have a vaginal birth, and 8 weeks if they have a c-section, and are only allowed to use more than three days of sick leave to cover the remaining 4-6 weeks of allowed leave if they have a doctor's note. Otherwise they are forced to either use vacation and personal days, or take unpaid leave. Why make a policy that forces new families to have zero vacation for the first year of their child's life because all vacation days were used up recovering from the birth? Maternity leave is not a vacation. Additionally, based on WHO recommendations that babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months (which is a full time job when babies need to eat 7-8 times a day or more) maternity leave should be for at least 6 months. CRS currently provides similar benefits as other US INGOs, but falls far short of the average allowance of other Caritas Internationalis partners.

  • Aug 10, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStarEmployee

    Given that CRS is a Catholic organization that is very family friendly in most other aspects of benefits, the poor maternity and paternity leave policy is not well aligned with the organizations values. Mothers get 6 weeks of paid vacation if they have a vaginal birth, and 8 weeks if they have a c-section, and are only allowed to use more than three days of sick leave to cover the remaining 4-6 weeks of allowed leave if they have a doctor's note. Otherwise they are forced to either use vacation and personal days, or take unpaid leave. Why make a policy that forces new families to have zero vacation for the first year of their child's life because all vacation days were used up recovering from the birth? Maternity leave is not a vacation. Additionally, based on WHO recommendations that babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months (which is a full time job when babies need to eat 7-8 times a day or more) maternity leave should be for at least 6 months. CRS currently provides similar benefits as other US INGOs, but falls far short of the average allowance of other Caritas Internationalis partners.

  • Jan 14, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Baltimore, Maryland

    Unfortunately, CRS, like other NGOs registered in the USA, does not come even close to meeting the international standard of support for new parents, and falls far behind other forward thinking companies in the US. Despite being very family-friendly in other aspects of provision of benefits, they provide the very bare minimum for maternity and paternity leave, essentially pushing parents to go back to work rapidly after having a child.

  • Apr 28, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Baltimore, Maryland

    Very flexible on timing and understanding of family needs

  • Apr 06, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Baltimore, Maryland

    Not that thrilling for a family organization. 12 weeks as per FMLA of which 6 are paid, and the remainder MUST use vacation and personal time and then go to unpaid. Can get UP TO 16 weeks so extra 4 weeks unpaid at the discretion of your supervisor. If posted in a country that does not meet international birthing safety standards, the organization will allow you to leave 4 weeks prior to your due date, but will not cover transportation out of post NOR will they guarantee you your job. You may have to take unpaid leave before you even deliver, taking away from the maximum 16 weeks you are allowed to get effectively reducing your leave altogether.

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