Hilton Worldwide (No. 42 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) announced its newest industry-leading family benefit, adoption assistance, offering hourly and salaried Team Members reimbursement for expenses incurred while adopting children. Hilton’s adoption assistance program will launch one year after its best-in-industry parental leave policy, and marks the largest, most comprehensive adoption assistance benefit provided in the hospitality industry.
“At Hilton, we strive to be the most hospitable company in the world, including sharing the same hospitality with our Team Members that they provide our guests each and every day,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “Our company is committed to creating a truly great place to work that offers the benefits and rewards that matter most to our corporate and hotel Team Members at every level.”
Under the new program, Hilton will reimburse Team Members for qualified adoption expenses up to $10,000 per child, with no limit to the number of adoptions. Expenses covered include application fees, home studies, agency and placement fees, legal fees and court costs, immigration, immunization and translation fees, transportation, meals and lodging, and counseling.
The benefit will take effect on January 1, 2017, and will cover all – hourly and salaried – U.S.-based Team Members who have continuously worked at Hilton for at least one year, averaging at least 30 hours per week.
“Our Team Members are at the heart of Hilton’s success, and we want to help them be successful across the many different aspects of their lives, including as they build and grow their families,” said Matthew W. Schuyler, chief human resources officer, Hilton. “We are proud to continue expanding our industry-leading benefits to give our Team Members as much flexibility and opportunities as possible.”
Hilton’s adoption assistance program is the newest addition to the company’s many family-related benefits. Hilton offers a parental leave policy that covers both hourly and salaried new parents, including fathers and adoptive parents across corporate offices and owned and managed properties. The company also provides a GED assistance program to help Team Members earn their high school equivalency, as well as a 10-day advanced scheduling standard for hourly Team Members. Additionally, Hilton continues to expand its remote workforce opportunities for Team Members who require more flexibility and freedom.