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Parental Leave

Here's What It's Like To Have 'Unlimited' Paternity Leave At Netflix

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business

Netflix announced "unlimited" parental leave this summer, telling most employees -- men and women -- they could take up to a year off after they have...

This Photo Of Mark Zuckerberg's Closet Offers A Lesson For Working Parents

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.25.2016 | Technology

For many parents, going back to work after taking parental leave is fraught with emotion and anxiety -- from making sure child care is arra...

The Intended Consequences of Paid Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

As a nation, we hold strong families among our highest values. Yet for millions of Americans, being a good parent to their children or good children to their parents too often leads to financial disaster. A family and medical leave insurance program will go a long way toward changing that.

If You Care About Paid Paternity Leave, Watch This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact

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16 Companies That Did The Right Thing For Parents In 2015

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business

It's been a banner year for parental leave. In 2015, reality set in: It makes zero sense that the United States remains the only developed country wit...

New York Doubles Paid Parental Leave For Some City Employees

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

New York City just gave some of its employees a nice little Christmas bonus. Starting Jan. 1, several thousand city workers will get an additional si...

Why 2015 Was a Banner Year for Working Parents

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

This year showed profound changes in the laws that impact those with caregiving responsibilities -- from legal judgements to changing social attitudes. It was a notable year for working parents.

The 4 Words Stay-at-Home Parents Dread the Most -- and What That Says About America

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Anne-Marie Slaughter

Choosing to invest in others when everyone and everything is telling you to continue investing in yourself and your career shows strength of character and a willingness to live your principles. Why can't we learn to evaluate the success of a life, or even of a career, as a blend of money and meaning, of both climbing a ladder of accomplishment and building a web of relationships? We can, of course.

Netflix Just Made Another Huge Stride On Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.09.2015 | Business

Netflix is taking a huge step forward for the working parents it employs.  The California-based tech company announced in August that it would g...

eBay More Than Doubles Paid Leave For Moms, Citing Basic Reality

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business

If you're working for a tech company that hasn't improved its maternity and paternity leave benefits this year, perhaps it's time to call up human re...

The Zuckerberg Effect: Why Company Culture Matters For Dads

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Tom Spiggle

I have seen first-hand how paternity leave policies can be undermined by supervisors who don't value fatherhood. The law is clear: Many new fathers have a right to unpaid leave.

Spotify's New Parental Leave Policy Is Pretty Amazing

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business

NEW YORK -- Citing its home base of Sweden, which has extremely generous maternity and paternity leave, Spotify just announced it would offer six mont...

This Isn't What a Working Mother Should Look Like

Jessica Shortall | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Jessica Shortall

Our lack of comprehensive maternity leave says as much. Maternity leave, in America, is not for all working mothers. Put simply, the American approach to maternity leave ignores some basic facts about our economy.

The Trouble With Parental Leave

Robin Hardman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

Companies (and governments) can't go very far down the path of implementing or legislating paternity leave without coming face to face with the question-- what exactly is the purpose of paternity leave? And once this question is asked, the larger question arises: what is the purpose of any kind of parental leave?

Kudos to Amazon on New Parental Leave Policy... But Did They Get it Right?

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

The question is, in high-performing companies, what is the penalty for using it? First of all congratulations to Amazon. Last week, Amazon stepped o...

Employers: It's Time to Get Real About 'Real' Families

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

National Work and Family Month is drawing to a close. But in these last few days before month's end, can we please pause to consider exactly what we mean by "family"?

How Stronger Early Childhood Policies Could Help Kids

Jane Waldfogel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education
Jane Waldfogel

If our country wants to give all children a shot at success and disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty, we need to provide more support to families with young children.

Another Company Offering A Year (!) Of Paid Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business

This summer Melinda Gates urged companies to offer more parental leave to their workers. Now she’s taking her own advice. Late last week, the c...

These 5 Companies Are Trying To Spark A Parental Leave Revolution

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business

A handful of big corporations are trying to lead the way to improve working conditions for new parents -- and fill the void left by the U.S. governme...

'Out of Office' Making New Parents Unhappy?

Jennifer Moss | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Moss

Why do we really have to end our work relationship because of our baby relationship? Isn't their room enough in our hearts for both?

Five Things Small Businesses Should Be Doing To Create A Culture That Benefits Women

Kristy Wallace | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Kristy Wallace

Today's workers are constantly tapped into work. Email, calls, texting, and cloud-based file storage all lead to a 24/7 work day. I've found that when employers give a little, they get a lot in return.

Marissa Mayer’s Pregnancy Is Irrelevant To The Parental Leave Conversation

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced Tuesday on her personal Tumblr account that she's pregnant and expects to deliver identical twin girl...

Netflix's Unlimited Parental Leave Might Not Be as Good as It Sounds

Quora | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents

An "unlimited" (within the first year) parental leave policy might not be as good as it sounds. It's understandable that people are excited about this. It seems like a good thing. It's equal across mothers and fathers; that sends a nice message that babies are not just the woman's responsibility.

National Breastfeeding Month's Official Movie

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

The Milky Way: Not Just Another Breastfeeding Documentary August is National Breastfeeding Month. I am very proud that Jennifer Davidson asked me to ...

Netflix and the Flexibility Stigma

Joan Williams | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Joan Williams

The 12 weeks provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act is clearly too short. A 2005 study found that American babies whose mothers were back at work within 12 weeks were less likely to get doctors' visits and immunizations on time, and less likely to be breastfed