Last year, Mark Hassanstab and his wife welcomed their first child — a baby boy named Graham — into the world.

Most first-time parents need time to adjust to a new reality and it was no different for this couple. But thanks to his company's newly added paid parental leave benefit, Hassanstab, a risk assessment and revenue manager for UCare, was able to take time to bond with his child and help his wife recover from the birth.

Hassanstab is among the very few American employees who have paid parental leave in their benefits packages. In fact, UCare — a health plan based in Minneapolis — was one of the first employers in Minnesota to offer employees paid parental leave. 

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