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These Are 10 Of The Best Companies For New Dads

06/19/2015 01:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2015
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When it comes to parental leave, the U.S. has a long way to go.

It's the only developed country that doesn't guarantee paid maternity or paternity leave, even though a majority of Americans support such policies. Lawmakers are increasingly pushing for mandated paid leave for moms, and even paternity leave has gained traction in recent years, according to a poll conducted earlier this year by HuffPost and YouGov.

This signals a growing sentiment that moms aren't the only ones struggling with work-life balance. When families welcome a new child, dads too should be able to take time off -- and still be paid.

Companies in the U.S., including several in Silicon Valley, are gradually making strides in providing generous parental leave. But there's still a lingering gender divide in some cases: At Google, for example, moms receive 18 weeks of fully paid leave, but dads get 12. The U.S. overall could take a cue from Sweden, which will begin offering dads a third month of paid leave beginning next year.

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, here are a few companies that are leading the way in paternity leave policies.

1. Change.org

change petition

Paternity leave: 18 weeks

The petition company gives 18 paid weeks off to both new moms and dads, regardless of whether they have a biological child or adopt one. The policy was announced last year, and Change.org hopes it will push other companies to follow suit.

2. Google

google mountain view

Paternity leave: 12 weeks

Google also helps parents find day care options and offers five free days of child care, as well as $500 to spend on parent-child bonding experiences.

3. Facebook

facebook menlo park

Paternity leave: 17 weeks

The length of parental leave is the same for men and women and can be taken in weekly increments if desired. The company also offers surrogacy and adoption benefits, a $4,000 "new child benefit" toward biological or adopted children, subsidized daycare costs and breastfeeding workshops for both moms and dads.

4. Reddit

reddit

Paternity leave: 17 weeks

Reddit’s 17 weeks can also be broken up into two-week intervals if the employee chooses. The policy applies to dads of both biological and adopted children.

5. Mattermark

mattermark

Paternity leave: 12 weeks

Mattermark, a business analytics company, offers up to 12 weeks for new dads. “There’s kind of a sinister assumption that if men don’t have paid time off, moms will stay home,” co-founder and COO Andy Sparks said. “We wanted to make sure we’re supporting both parents.”

6. Bank of America

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Paternity leave: 12 weeks

New dads can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Bonus perks include an $8,000 reimbursement for adoption fees.

7. Twitter

twitter

Paternity leave: 10 weeks

New dads can join in on roundtable discussions and share advice with others who are about to have a kid or are returning from parental leave. Twitter also gives parents a $200 gift card to TaskRabbit to help them with chores at home.

8. Johnson & Johnson

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Paternity leave: nine weeks

Johnson & Johnson announced last month that dads will receive nine weeks of paid leave.

9. Patagonia

patagonia flagship

Paternity leave: eight weeks

The outdoor retailer offers eight paid weeks of leave for dads. There’s also on-site child care available and financial assistance for the costs of adoption. For parents with children under a year old, Patagonia can provide a caregiver who travels with the employee and child on work trips.

10. Yahoo

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Paternity leave: eight weeks

In addition to eight weeks of paid leave for dads, new parents also get $500 on baby expenses.

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