Paid Family Leave by Sector:
Accommodation & Food Services

Sector Characteristics

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, data extracted January 2017


Approximately 680,000 private establishments and 1,000 government establishments that provide lodging for travelers or prepare food and beverages for immediate consumption. Includes hotels, resorts, and restaurants.


Workers: 13.4 million

Average hourly earnings: $14.15

Average hours worked/week: 26.2 hrs

Paid Family Leave Coverage

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2016 NCS

The Accommodation & Food Services sector has the lowest recorded sector coverage rate at 5% (tied with construction). This low coverage rate is a modest 1-2% improvement over previous years' coverage rates.

Benchmark for Average Duration of Paid Parental Leave

From publicly available policy details on over 250 companies with paid parental leave, December 2016

  • Birth mothers:                            8 weeks
  • Fathers/secondary caregivers: 4 weeks
  • Adoptive/foster parents:           4 weeks

Spotlight on New Policies: Hospitality

From press coverage and publicly available policy information

Recently, several employers in the hospitality space have implemented new paid family leave benefits, though sector coverage remains low overall.

Choice Hotels, October 2016: Offers 12 weeks fully paid parental leave for new mothers, 4 weeks for paternal, adoptive, and domestic partner parental leave, and 4 weeks per year for caregiver leave [See: Choice Hotels press release]

Union Square Hospitality Group, January 2017: Full time employees now get 4 weeks parental leave at full pay and an additional 4 weeks at 60% of pay [See: Huffington Post]

Hilton Worldwide, January 2016: New birth mothers can receive a total of 10 weeks of full pay, and all new parents including fathers and adoptive parents receive 2 weeks of full pay [See: Hilton press release]