ABC News(NEW YORK) — A storm that delivered heavy snow to the Rockies and strong storms in the Southern Plains is set to bring severe weather to the South on Saturday.Snow, wind and severe storms are on the way from the Rockies to the Midwest and the Deep South over the weekend.Twenty-four states from California to Virginia are under snow and wind alerts on Friday.The storm system will be moving through the Rockies on Friday afternoon and bring more heavy snow to Colorado.Ahead of the storm, severe weather will break out later Friday in the Southern Plains, from Oklahoma to Texas, including Dallas and Oklahoma City. Damaging winds and an isolated tornado are the biggest threats.By Saturday afternoon, the bull’s-eye of the severe storms will move into the Deep South from Louisiana into Mississippi and Tennessee where damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible.To the north, a major winter storm with blizzard-like conditions are expected from the Dakotas into Nebraska, Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Locally, more than a foot of snow is possible just southwest of the Twin Cities. Some airlines in Minneapolis-St. Paul have already started issuing travel waivers due to the upcoming snowstorm.The storm system will reach the Northeast by Saturday night into Sunday morning with a quick burst of snow before changing to an icy mix and then gradually to rain. The biggest snowfall and ice accumulations will be north of New York City and west of Boston, where some areas could get a half a foot of snow. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
US-based healthcare organisation Geisinger has launched a new paid parental leave benefit for its 32,000 employees, effective from 1 September 2019.The leave initiative enables all full and part-time employees with at least six months’ service, to take up to two weeks of fully paid leave upon the arrival of a new child through birth, adoption, legal guardianship or foster care.The new benefit can be used in conjunction with other available paid leave provisions and, if both parents work at Geisinger, then they are both still able to utilise parental leave.Geisinger has introduced paid parental leave in order to offer employees greater flexibility to balance their careers and family needs, as well as to improve the attraction and retention of talent.As part of its overall employee benefits package, the organisation currently also invests $40 million (£32.5 million) a year in employee merit increases, tuition reimbursement and recognition programmes. The reward offering also includes adoption reimbursement, low medical premiums, reimbursements for college tuition and medical education courses.Jaewon Ryu MD, JD (pictured), president and chief executive officer at Geisinger, said: “We recognise that in order to deliver the best care to our communities, we need an outstanding workforce of dedicated employees.“By continuing to support our employees with benefits like paid leave, it will help us attract and retain talented individuals to our Geisinger family. Ultimately, a dedicated workforce allows us to improve our communities’ health and make care easier.“We continuously look for ways to invest in our employees, personally and professionally. We understand that employees have commitments beyond those at Geisinger and we want to make it easier for them to participate in these important roles.“This enhancement of our benefits package allows us to take care of our Geisinger family members in their many callings in life.”