US Steel’s new employee benefits in Alabama include adoption assistance, gender reassignment surgery coverage

United States Steel Corp. said Thursday it was expanding its paid leave benefits for non-union employees and rolling out a slew of new benefits such as gender reassignment surgery coverage and adoption assistance, a sign that the swift expansion of work-life perks across corporate America in recent years has been adopted among even some of the most traditional companies. The suite of new benefits – which adds eight weeks of paid leave for new fathers or adoptive parents for the first time and expands the amount of paid leave for birth mothers to between 14 and 16 weeks – may not be the most generous program out there for new parents. But experts on paid leave say it signals that the benefit has morphed from a featured perk to table stakes in a labor market where companies are approaching near-full employment.

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Author: Matthew Randle