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Shttps://www.indianafamilylawyerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/285/2017/07/pinterest-icon-logo-D4965B6748-seeklogo.com_.pngocial media site, Pinterest, recently added adoption and surrogacy benefits for its 500 employees. Pinterest’s employees will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in adoption reimbursement and up to $20,000 for surrogacy benefits. Pinterest already provides 16 weeks of paid parental leave, as well as up to $20,000 in fertility benefits. Pinterest head of diversity and inclusion, Candice Morgan, stated, “Our [team] often speaks with employees to learn more about how we should expand our benefits, and we recently spoke with a colleague who’s been considering surrogacy with his husband.”

Pinterest is not the only company that provides fertility and adoption benefits. American Express offers five months of paid leave across genders, along with $35,000 to assist with adoption and surrogacy. Ernst & Young offers up to $25,000 for same-sex and heterosexual couples to cover adoption, surrogacy, and egg freezing services. Johnson & Johnson has also increased its benefits for surrogacy, adoption, and fertility services. As adoption, fertility treatment, and surrogacy become more common forms of family-building, companies will need to follow the lead of those mentioned in this blog post and expand the scope of their benefits to meet the needs of their employees.

The attorneys of Harden Jackson Law are devoted to servicing clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, property division, paternity, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, simple wills, adoption, surrogacy, and other areas of reproductive law. For more information, please contact us at 317.569.0770 or www.hardenjacksonlaw.com.

29514799292_07726da703_qFertilityIQ recently released its 2016 list of top businesses to work for as a fertility patient. Criteria to make it on the list include categories such as lifetime treatment maximum, pre-authorization, exclusions, and clinic restrictions. IVF costs are now around $23,050, and only 80% of patients either have all or none of their treatment paid for by their employer. Those patients that had their treatment covered by their employers said they felt a greater sense of loyalty to their employer and stayed in their jobs longer.

Many companies exclude certain add-on treatments that are becoming necessary in the field of fertility treatment. The cost of many of these add-on treatments ranges from $3,000 to $7,000 out of pocket. Companies that do offer fertility benefits sometimes do not promote them, because may be nervous about the potential wide adoption of these benefits.

The list of top 10 companies with fertility benefits are:

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for MLJ WEB.jpgFor the second year in a row, attorney Michele Jackson has been selected as a finalist for the annual Indy’s Best and Brightest award ceremony created by Junior Achievement. The event will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries.

The Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. Finalists in each category are judged on professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character and leadership qualities. The finalists to be honored at the event are listed below, as well as the website, www.indysbestandbrightest.org.

Michele Jackson chairs the firm’s Adoption and Reproductive Law Practice Group and focuses her practice in domestic and international adoptions as well as reproductive law matters. Jackson is also the founder of MLJ Adoptions, Inc.

Harden Jackson attorney, Michele Jackson was recently featured in a New York Times article regarding moms who travel for work. Michele was honored to have been selected to offer her insight for the article.  You can read a copy of the article below or link to it here: NY Times article featuring Michele Jackson

New York Times Article:

Amy Kossoff Smith, the founder of a parenting Web site, has a ritual when she has to go on the road. She leaves a printed itinerary of all the carpools, sports practices and games, baby-sitter hours and anything else her husband might need.

On October 12, 2010 from 5-7 pm, Adoption & Reproductive Law Attorney Michele Jackson is hosting a Fundraising Event to support the reelection campaign of Indiana State Senator Tim Lanane of District 25. The event is also designed to focus attention on legal and health issues affecting Hoosier women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, adoption, surrogacy and family law matters.  Senator Lanane has worked to support bills that have positively affected women and families in Indiana.  Last year, he received the “Patient Advocate of the Year” award from the Indiana State Medical Association for his work on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.  In 2005, Senator Lanane was also recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence  (“ICADV”).  At JHDJ Law, our family law practice fully understands the impact domestic violence has on Indiana families and we support education and awareness initiatives.  Senator Lanane will talk with guests at the fundraiser about his campaign and the key issues he believes affect all Hoosiers including jobs, education, and public safety.

In addition to his work on domestic violence issues, Senator Lanane is the Assistant Minority Leader of the Indiana State Senate and serves on the following legislative committees:

Judiciary (Ranking Minority Member)