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Parental Leave

Spotify's New Parental Leave Policy Is Pretty Amazing

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 11.19.2015 | 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

Parental Leave Isn't Just About Parents: Why It Makes a Difference to Our Kids' Health

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Melinda Gates

The benefits of parental leave extend beyond newborn health: When fathers take leave, they participate more in early child rearing, and that level of engagement continues after the leave ends. The evidence also shows that mothers who take leave are more likely to get raises in the year following their leave -- 54 percent more likely.

Netflix's New Parental Leave Policy Lacks Teeth

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Christopher A. Brown

The challenge for Netflix is how to encourage dads to take full advantage of this policy. Dads are not moms. They require efforts that speak specifically to them--that meet their needs and wants as dads broadly and within the context of work-family balance.

Kirsten Gillibrand Hits Carly Fiorina For Opposition To Paid Leave

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) criticized GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina for her stance on paid leave. On Sunday, Fiorina said she would opp...

You Can Leave the Office, But There's No Getting Away From Work

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

We can debate whether it is good or bad, but these are the new rules of work. Everything changed over the last decade as we became chained to the Internet. These changes are happening globally.

Carly Fiorina Backs Maternity Leave Policy Worse Than Afghanistan's

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she opposes changing federal law to require companies to provide...

Another Sign That Momentum Is Building On Paid Parental Leave In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business

In the latest sign that support for paid family leave is growing in the U.S., Adobe on Monday announced a big expansion of benefits, including up to h...

Not All Netflix Workers Will Get 'Unlimited' Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business

Amid all the praise for Netflix’s announcement earlier this week that it would offer its employees "unlimited" maternity and paternity...

Emily Peck

The Feminist Case For Paternity Leave | Emily Peck | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business

It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best things companies can do for new moms is give new dads more leave.

The U.S. Navy Just Made An Incredible Update To Its Maternity Leave Policy

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents

On July 2, Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, announced that, effective immediately, women serving in the Navy and Marine Corps will receive 18 wee...

Emily Peck

Another Big Company Steps Up To Improve Maternity Leave | Emily Peck | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business

Primary caretakers who work at Nestle will get 14 weeks of paid leave.

TOMS Founder Explains Why Dads Need Paternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.25.2015 | Parents

In May 2015, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie made waves when he wrote about his decision to take 12 weeks of paternity leave in Glamour. "It's an exper...