parental leave

UPDATE: Sperm And Egg Freezing Added To Parental Leave Perks For Military Service Members

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We've said it before (and we'll say it again), military parents have one of the toughest jobs in the world. But recent news may make it easier. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has unveiled a pilot program that will pay for troops to have their sperm or eggs preserved. That way, if they—and their reproductive... Read more

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

Is Parental Leave Becoming A Boys Club?

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Is parental leave becoming a boys club? There's no doubt about it, more and more dads are making family a priority, especially those under the age of 40, according to Boston College's 2015 'New Dad' study. But new research from The University of California Santa Barbara reveals a twist: Fathers who have sons are more... Read more

Our Predictions For Mark Zuckerberg's 2-Month Paternity Leave

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he'll be taking two months of paternity leave once his daughter arrives (that's actually only half of what Facebook allots new moms and dads). And as he did with the baby announcement, he took to Facebook to share the news, sharing a photo of the family's dog Beast with the... 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

Mother's Heartbreaking Day Care Story Raises Questions About US Parental Leave

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Fair warning: This weekend's "Motherlode" post from The New York Times is one you're probably not going to want to read, but it's one that you should. Amber Scorah details how on her very first day back to work, her 3-month-old son, Karl, died at day care. It's a painful read, but poses an... 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

Toms CEO Takes Big Step Forward For Paternity Leave

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Offering paternity leave is one of the smartest business decisions a company can make. That's what Blake Mycoskie -- CEO of Toms Shoes -- thinks. The company's "chief shoe giver" explained in an interview with CNN Money on Sunday. "If a dad doesn't take it or isn't offered it, he's tired," Mycoskie says. "He's... Read more