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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of South Florida’s largest employers is adding a major benefit for mothers-to-be.

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American Airlines has announced that they will be now offer 10 weeks of paid maternity leave.

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This is a significant shift for the company which currently offers no paid time off for new mothers.

The new policy takes effect on March 1st.

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The air carrier employs about 12,000 at its major hub at Miami International Airport.