TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) -- Priorities of the animal-loving world are now finding a home in workplaces across the country.
So-called "pawternity" leave is said to be attracting and even keeping employees at their work post.
The latest trend in employee benefits provides paid time off to bond with a new four-legged member of the family. It can also be used to mourn the death of a beloved pet.
Bergin University of Canine Studies gives workers two days paid leave when a pet dies, which is only one day less compared to the leave time taken when a human family member passes.
The university is also considering to provide paid leave to bond with a new puppy.
More companies are starting to understand the importance of the dog-human bond, the university said. Some businesses have even allowed employees to bring their furry friends into the workplace.
The North Bay Business Journal said it is a perk that can recruit and retain employees.
While U.S. companies are just starting to nibble at the idea, "pawternity" leave has reportedly been a howling success in the United Kingdom.>> MORE TRENDING TOPICSStay with WFLA News Channel 8's Lila Gross for the latest trending news straight from social media