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Netflix offers parents paid leave for the first year following birth or adoption!

Lynn Griffith
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In 2010, Australia passed a new parental leave law, making the U.S. the only industrialized nation that does not mandate paid leave for mothers following birth.  The majority of the world offers paid maternity leave policies: including countries such as Lesotho, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea.  Many countries not only give mothers paid time off, but provide fathers the same privilege. (1)

United States is the last industrialized nation that does not mandate paid maternity leave for mothers

Currently, if you live in the United States, your place of employment typically holds your job for 12 weeks following birth, but the parents have no guarantee of pay during these 12 weeks.  Only 16 percent of employers offer paid maternity leave, and many families inherit large amounts of debt within this time period. (1)

Research has shown that 43 percent of women with children leave their job voluntarily to be with their children.  A 2014 New York Times Poll reports that 61 percent of women say family responsibilities are why they decided to discontinue their jobs. (2)

Sixty-one percent of women leave their jobs due to family responsibilities

Netflix announced on August 4, 2015 that they are now allowing their employees to take unlimited maternity or paternity leave during the first year of the baby’s birth or adoption!  Netflix reports that it is the employee’s choice in regards to the amount of time they take off.  Afterward, they can return on a full or part-time basis, and take time off later if need-be. (3)

Netflix now offers one year paid time off to moms and dads following birth or adoption

Most amazingly, Netflix will continue to pay their employees normally during this time!  Another bonus to this arrangement is that parents do not have to complete disability leave paperwork.  The first year is a challenging time for both babies and parents.  Having the option to be available as much as necessary, while suffering no income loss, allows parents to feel their employer’s support even in the home. (3)

Netflix already offers unlimited paid vacation time, and now they are implementing a progressive strategy for new parents.  It appears that Netflix is desiring to boost employee moral, meet employee needs, and prevent burnout.  Maybe someday parental leave laws in the United States will catch up with the rest of the world, but until then, consider seeking employment with a company that cares…or perhaps a relocation? (3)

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.huffingtonpost.com
(2) www.techrepublic.com
(3) fortune.com

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