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Hilton Extends Paid Parental Leave To All Employees, Including Hourly Ones

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The paid parental leave arms race got hot in 2015; a solid handful of US employers extended some form of paid parental leave to their employees. But as I've argued before (and you can bet that I'll do it again), the praise for corporate leave policies is distracting our attention from some real problems.... Read more

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: The 14 Companies Making Strides In Maternity Leave

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2015 was a big year for paid parental leave in America. It’s been discussed by Democratic presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and Republican candidate Marco Rubio talked about it, albeit as optional (which runs contrary to the un-optional pregnancy process of going into labor and giving birth!) Plus, our capital introduced its own... Read more

Is Netflix's New Parental Leave Policy Bad For Women?

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UPDATE: In response to backlash about its seemingly amazing parental leave policy -- which didn't include hourly employees -- Netlix has extended its coverage to workers not on salary. Employees in the DVD division will get up to 12 weeks of paid leave; customer service 14 weeks; and hourly streaming-division employees 16 weeks. It's notable, however, that... Read more

Spotify Announces 6-Month Parental Leave Policy

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Leave it to a Sweden-based company to unveil a jaw-dropping parental leave policy. Music streaming service Spotify announced yesterday that it will be offering six months of paid leave to all full-time employees globally. Not only is the policy effective immediately, it's effective retroactively. As long as their children were born after Jan. 1, 2013,... Read more

Why America's Lack Of Paid Parental Leave Is Everyone's Problem

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Jessica Shortall is a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump, and now she’s here to give you advice for dealing with the challenges of being a working and pumping... Read more

Yelp, But For Maternity Leave Policies

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"Should I ask in an interview what a company's maternity leave policies are like?" Women in their 20s and 30s, maybe not trying to get pregnant at all, feel stuck just knowing this could be coming down the pike. Ask, and you're labeled with a huge CAUTION sign: "Warning! About to Get Pregnant! Do Not... Read more

Washington DC Wants To Set The Example For Paid Parental Leave

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The nation’s capital wants to set an example for the rest of the country: four months of paid sick and family leave for all residents. Today, legislators introduced a bill that would make Washington DC the first city in the US to offer this type of leave. And their proposal goes well beyond... Read more

You Can Now Share Your Own 'Pregnant Then Screwed' Stories: Site Launches US Version

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Pregnancy discrimination is illegal, classified as a type of sexism. But moms-to-be and new moms alike have both felt the sting from employers who didn't seem to get the memo. After a wildly successful UK launch, the Pregnant Then Screwed project has come stateside, providing an anonymous, online outlet for women in the... Read more

Fewer Moms Take Maternity Leave Than You'd Think

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A full year of paid leave? Offices accommodating newborns? Not the reality for most working moms. Despite the slew of parental perks we've seen from larger companies recently, data from the Department of Labor shows that one in four new moms return to work just two weeks after having a baby.... Read more

Infants In The Workplace: Would You Sign Up For The Program?

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We say it again and again: the 12 weeks of federally-mandated (but not necessarily paid) maternity leave is less than ideal. Some companies have done employees a solid and extended it -- most recently Netflix, offering a full year of paid leave. But other companies -- about 200 nationwide -- are... Read more