Union Square Hospitality, the brainchild of Danny Meyer—the power restaurateur behind iconic spots like Gramercy Tavery and Union Square Café—will become the first major New York restaurant group to offer paid parental leave for its employees.
Though all American businesses are required by federal law to grant employees with a year of experience 12 weeks of unpaid leave following the birth or adoption of a child, paid parental leave is a rarity in the hospitality industry as a whole. While Union Square Hospitality Group's corporate office has operated under this parental leave policy since 2015, it is now ready to be introduced into its numerous dining establishments.
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Meyer's newest initiative is sure to make waves in an industry that in the past has followed Meyer's lead on key issues like wages and tipping. The restaurateur drew attention last October when he announced a groundbreaking plan to convert all of his restaurants into tip-free—or "hospitality included"—establishments, allowing them to raise employee's wages to ensure proper compensation.