maternity leave

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

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

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In case you were completely away from the interweb last week, I'll catch you up real quick: Netflix announced that it is offering its employees -- male and female -- unlimited, paid parental leave following a birth or adoption. Everyone has gone nuts over this news. It's a sign of things to come.... Read more

Netflix Offers 'Unlimited' Parental Leave For All

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Unlimited paid parental leave is the new unlimited vacation days. At least, if you work at Netflix. Yesterday the video streaming service announced a milestone initiative: immediate plans to expand maternity and paternity leave. The new policy allows parents to take as much paid time off as they want—at their normal pay—for up... Read more

Pregnant Then Screwed: UK Women Share Pregnancy Discrimination Stories

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When it comes to American maternity leave policy, the grass is almost always greener on the other side. Swedish parents can share 80 weeks of paid leave. Canadians get 50. But the UK's impressive 52 weeks is losing its shine; a new report from the British Equality and Human Rights Commission found that... Read more

Company Asks Female Employees To Schedule Their Pregnancies (No Joke)

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Unsurprisingly, since this is The Bump, after all, it seems like everyone in our office is pregnant. And luckily, that's totally fine. That's not the case for one Chinese firm, who instructed female employees to schedule their pregnancies. The credit union in Jiaozuo, Henan, reportedly announced the policy via email. "Only married female workers who... Read more

US Navy Triples Maternity Leave To 18 Paid Weeks

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Our government may not have beefed up the federal maternity leave policy just yet, but our military is paving the way, tripling the amount of paid leave previously offered to female sailors and marines. During a speech at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in May, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal that... Read more

Richard Branson Offers A Year Of Parental Leave To Virgin Employees

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It makes sense that if anyone were to one-up all existing parental leave policies, it would be Richard Branson. Yesterday, the Virgin Group founder unveiled plans to offer a year of full paid leave for new moms and new dads. "If you take care of your employees they will take care of your business. That... Read more

John Oliver Criticizes US Maternity Leave

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We talk about the United States's less-than-stellar parental leave policy a lot. And chances are you've already experienced it. But in honor of Mother's Day, John Oliver is spreading the word to his HBO audience on Last Week Tonight. And with a mix of humor and sincere frustration, we're hoping his message gets taken seriously.... Read more

Big News for Women on Wall Street

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New moms on Wall Street: You're getting an extra four weeks of fully-paid maternity leave! That may be a sweeping statement. But the world’s largest private equity firm, Blackstone Group, is extending its maternity leave benefits from 12 weeks at full pay to 16 weeks in an attempt to appeal to more women. “The financial services... Read more