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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

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