To: Publix CEO Todd Jones

Publix: The worst paid family leave policy

Publix provide paid family leave to all your employees.

Why is this important?

Paid family leave provides working people time to be with their families when they are needed most: when welcoming a newly arrived child, caring for a seriously ill family member, or addressing one's own illness. Publix is a top employer, yet fails to provide employees this critical benefit.

PL+US has just published its third annual ranking of paid family leave policies at the largest employers in the U.S. and Publix came in dead last. There is clear momentum in the private sector and Publix has quickly fallen far behind their competitors. In the last year alone, 20 companies ranging from Starbucks to Walmart have expanded their paid leave policies.

The benefits of paid family leave are well documented. Businesses that have implemented better paid leave policies have done so noting the advantages of employee recruitment, retention, and reduced turnover costs.

Publix’s policies also have a major impact on the lives of employees. Paid family leave is proven to benefit both child and maternal health outcomes and reduces infant mortality.

Publix offers NO paid family leave to its 190,000 employees. Zero days off after childbirth, zero days to care for a dying parent, zero days for chemo treatments.

Employees can change company policies when they take action together. We've seen Publix employees successfully convince the company to update the dress code to allow beards using a campaign and on the issue of paid leave, PL+US has helped Starbucks baristas win more generous family leave in their workplace.

Publix current policy is failing employees and falls far behind industry standards. As CEO you have the power to lead by offering all of your employees at least 12 weeks of paid family leave.


Reasons for signing

  • When I had my child while working at Publix, my unpaid time off after a C-section was very hard. I had 4 kids total and my husband was working. I had to pay in to Publix weekly to keep my insurance. We were at an all time low as a family instead of happy and enjoying a new baby it was financial stress. Publix is a wonderful company, I have no other complaints.
  • Not only did I not get paid a dime while on leave from having both of my children, but I also had to pay my insurance premiums that would otherwise come out of my paycheck. We are a privately owned company- shouldn’t we be treated better by the company we devote our lives to? Publix also does not pay for breast pumps or birth control. It is astonishing to me, and disgraceful, how little they support women in the workforce. It is 2019. Come on, Publix. Do better. Mr. George would do better.
  • I am surprised more signatures are not tallied. Between my husband and me, we shop at Publix almost daily. The staff is more than super professional and deserve to be treated as such. Shame on you Corporate Execs, who I am sure enjoy the best of all benefits that can be offered.


2019-01-05 07:19:10 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2018-12-17 02:22:29 -0500

500 signatures reached

2018-12-13 06:14:44 -0500

100 signatures reached

2018-12-11 09:14:26 -0500

50 signatures reached

2018-12-10 20:58:40 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-12-10 18:43:48 -0500

10 signatures reached