Hilton pays up to $10K for child adoption expenses

WASHINGTON — Hilton Worldwide employees who decide to adopt a child will get up to $10,000 in adoption expenses reimbursed by the hotel company.

The new adoption assistance benefit program has no limit on the number of adoptions.

The hospitality industry has led the way in expanding parental and family leave programs, and some of the most generous have come from Washington-based hotel companies such as McLean, Virginia-based Hilton, Bethesda-based Marriott International and Rockville, Maryland-based Choice Hotels International, which have rolled out programs offering paid leave for new mothers of two months or more.

All three have included paid leave policies for new fathers, too.

Hilton’s new adoption program also includes two weeks of paid leave for adoptive parents, and applies to salaried as well as hourly employees.

“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,” said Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta.

Expenses covered in Hilton’s new adoption reimbursement program include application fees, home studies, agency and placement fees, legal fees, court costs, immigration, immunization and translation fees, transportation, means and lodging and counseling.

The program starts Jan. 1, 2017, and applies to U.S.-based Hilton employees who have worked for the company for at least one year.

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