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Paid Parental Leave Inaugurated at Chroma Technology

News Release — Chroma Technology
February 18, 2016

Contact:
Angela Earle Gray, HR Director
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Chroma Technology Corp., an employee-owned high tech manufacturer of optical coatings in Bellows Falls, VT, is now offering paid parental leave to mothers and fathers expecting birth babies, the non-biological same sex parent and parents of all genders who adopt children. Each parent who works at Chroma is now eligible for 12 weeks paid leave.

“We’ve always provided paid leave for birth mothers,” said Angela Earle Gray, Chroma’s Human Resources Director. “We’ve finally included the other kinds of parents. They all need to have time with new children.”

The program provides 60% of salary for employees with up to five full years’ tenure and 80% for employees with five or more years. There is no interruption of benefits during the leave period.

“We proud of what we’ve done but it’s just a start,” said Paul Millman president of Chroma. “It’s not as generous as is available in most European states. That will come when the US recognizes the importance, to both the family and society, of parenting during the child’s early years, and makes paid leave part of public policy. That’s a hard climb in this country.”

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