'Fur-ternity Leave:' Minnesota company allowing new pet owners to work from home

Posted at 9:13 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 10:38:06-04

A digital marketing company is Minneapolis has adopted a new policy allowing their employees to work from home in order to be with their newly acquired pets. They call it 'fur-ternity' leave.

KARE 11 in Minneapolis talked to Connor McCarthy, one of Nina Hale's employees, to figure out how the policy came about and how it works.

McCarthy said when he adopted a new Goldendoodle named Bentley in May, he talked to his supervisor to figure out a way to get Bentley adjusted to his new home. He asked for a change in his schedule to allow him to be home more.

Allison McMenimen, the executive vice president for client services said McCarthy's request was approved quickly and it then tipped company leadership off that animals were just as important to their employees as human babies. 

This lead to the change, giving employees the opportunity to take time off and work from home like they would if they were on maternity or paternity leave.