By Martha Groves | CALmattersPUBLISHED: November 26, 2018 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: November 26, 2018 at 6:30 am When Ghuan Featherstone was poring over options for a paternity leave before the recent birth of his fourth daughter, he liked what he heard from a human resources representative at the Inglewood general contracting company where he works. Under a new California law, he would be eligible to take as many as 12 weeks of unpaid leave to bond with his newborn, with the guarantee that his job as a project superintendent would be waiting for him when he returned. When baby Serenity was born in late October, Featherstone, 48, concluded that he could not afford to take unpaid time. Instead, he and his boss at Curtom-Dunsmuir negotiated a compromise. Featherstone would take vacation time before the birth, then three weeks of fully paid paternity leave — a kind gesture on the part of his company, not dictated by state or federal law — before returning to work this week. Brenda Curry, co-owner of Curtom-Dunsmuir, had a ready explanation for why the company decided to accommodate Featherstone’s needs. “He’s a proven employee that we definitely need next year,” she said. Featherstone’s… Read full this story
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