This big name airline is revolutionizing paternity leave

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Richard Branson's Virgin Offers Year of Fully-Paid Parental Leave

Expecting a baby and work for Virgin Airlines? Not to worry, Richard Branson has you covered.

In a press release on the Virgin Group's website, management announced up to a year's full pay for employees who take leave after having a baby, regardless of gender.

According to the release: "The pay is service-related, from 25 percent for those with fewer than two years' service, up to 100 percent for those with more than four years' service."

The company stresses that this benefit is available for adopted parents, too.

This progressive move comes as much debate swirls around maternity and paternity leave. Companies often foot around this hot topic, but we applaud Virgin for taking a stand. In fact, only 10 to 15 percent of U.S. employers offer paid paternity leave (mostly all in white-collar professions).

As said by Virgin Founder Richard Branson: "As a father and now a granddad to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child's life is but also how much hard work it takes. I'm delighted that we can offer this support to our staff so that they can enjoy parental leave to the full as we continue our work in changing business for good."

How cute? Branson's family is obviously very important to him:

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, spending some quality time with my family.

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The best ideas are child's play

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Grandude duties

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