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Company officials announced Wednesday that the public grocery store chain will begin offering paid parental leave to new parent employees.

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The Florida-based company said that qualified full-time and part-time employees will be able to start during the new year during the first year after the birth or adoption of a child.

The new benefits come at a time when retailers across the United States are facing staff shortages, and some are offering new benefits to attract or retain workers. St. Louis-based Shnux recently offered a one-time retention bonus of $600 to its grocery store employees.

related: Under the new law, more than 450 state employees have taken paid parental leave.

“Publix is ​​committed to being a great place to work, and we continually review our benefits to offer our partners a comprehensive package,” Maria Bruce, Publix’s director of communications, said in an email.

The email did not provide details on how much the new parents would be paid.

The privately held, employee-owned company has 225,000 employees at approximately 1,300 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.