TSYS makes list of ‘100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces’

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes helping employees adopt children makes good business sense.

A listing of the “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” finds credit-card and payment processor TSYS is doing its part. The company, headquartered in Columbus, is No. 71 on the list, tied with Advent Software, Cornell University and Dow Corning.

The rankings, topped by The Wendy’s Co., are compiled according to the benefits and assistance firms and organizations offer those workers considering adopting a child, either out of preference or necessity due to medical issues.

“TSYS started (our) adoption benefits in 1998, and has seen 57 team members adopt children since the program began,” TSYS spokesman Cyle Mims said Tuesday. “Four team members have adopted two children in that time period, to total 61 adoptions since TSYS began offering the benefit.”

Mims said employees are eligible for reimbursement of expenses up to a certain amount. Those can include adoption agency charges, legal and court fees, placement fees and maternity expenses.

“Team members are eligible for up to six weeks paid adoption leave, similar to maternity leave for new parents,” he said.

This is the third year in a row TSYS has appeared on the list, Mims said. It requires companies to complete a survey to qualify.

This is the eighth year the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has issued the rankings. The foundation was launched by the late founder of the Wendy’s fast-food chain, who never knew his birth mother after being adopted at age 6 weeks. For that, he took up the cause of promoting the benefits of adopting.

The top-rated Wendy’s Co. offers up to $25,300 in expense reimbursement and up to six weeks of paid leave.

“Having these benefits sends a very positive signal to people that we are a company that cares very much about family and personal life, along with your business life,” Wendy’s Chief Executive Officer Emil Brolick says in a promotional piece for the “100 Best” list. He also notes the belief that it fosters employee loyalty and gives his company a “competitive edge” in attracting talented newcomers.

The “100 Best” is an eclectic variety of entities across the U.S. A sampling includes HanesBrands (No. 4), Vanguard Group (13), Turner Broadcasting System (21), Viacom Media Networks (25), General Mills (39), Eli Lily and Co. (49), Brinker International (62), Sears Holdings (68), Domino’s Pizza (76), National Basketball Association (92) and Ohio State University (100).

Less than half of 1 percent of U.S. workers typically use adoption benefits, the foundation said, meaning they ultimately cost a company very little to offer.