parental leave

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

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

Here's How Dads Really Feel About Paternity Leave

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The parental leave discussion continues, this time from dad's point of view. Taking a look at new dads, Boston College Center for Work & Family released The New Dad: A Portrait of Today’s Father this week. Yesterday, we told you about how dads feel about their roles as parents and their work/life... 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