Tech Companies Setting New Standard in Parental Leave for Employees

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Want paid parental leave? You should work for a tech company.

Microsoft recently increased its paid leave to 20 weeks for mothers and 12 weeks for fathers. Even more impressive is Netflix, which announced recently that it will provide up to a year of paid parental leave for employees. Though companies in other developed countries routinely offer paid parental leave for employees like this, it’s remarkable for a U.S. company.

It’s also noteworthy because the one-year paid leave includes fathers along with mothers.

To visualize Microsoft and Netflix’s progressive approach, visual communication and design agency Column Five created a simple a graphic. It emphasizes how these two tech companies are generously compensating their employees compared to the legal minimum of zero weeks.

Over the years, tech companies have made groundbreaking changes in terms of work-life balance. So far, only Microsoft and Netflix have offered the generous parental leave benefits described here, but other tech companies are sure to follow.

Parental Leave for Employees

Image: Column Five

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  1. I’m glad to be part of an industry that is helping new parents enjoy time with new babies and hope more industries follow suit. That’s important time for any family and as they say, nobody lies on their deathbed saying they wish they had done more work.

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