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Baby sleeping As of 2017, only 15 percent of U.S. workers got any paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 11 percent in 2012. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Starting next year, General Mills Inc. will bump its paid maternity and parental leave offerings to match some of the more generous big employers in the U.S.

All new parents at the food giant will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a newborn, and birth mothers will get an additional six to eight weeks of maternity leave. Under the old policy, General Mills gave two weeks of parental leave and six weeks of maternity leave.

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