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

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

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

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