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Paternity Leave

Under Fire, Netflix Defends Lopsided Parental Leave Policy

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business

It may seem unfair for Netflix to give some employees 12 months of paid maternity or paternity leave while others (many of them hourly) get just 12 w...

Accenture Just Upped The Ante On Benefits For New Moms And Dads

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business

A management consultant’s life typically involves a lot of travel to see clients. It can be a fun perk when you’re young, just starting o...

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.

Amazon Can't Defend Its Lack of Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

The ways in which businesses benefit from offering paternity leave are so clear and proven that corporate leadership has to dig its collective head way, way down in the sand to miss it.

The Fraud Of The New "Family-Friendly" Work

Robert Reich | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time.

Fixing the Leaky Bucket: What Tech Companies Must Do to Retain Their Best Female Talent

Belle Beth Cooper | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Belle Beth Cooper

If more young women are joining the tech industry, who will they have as mentors and role models if established women in tech are leaving in droves? It's time for companies to accept and address cultural shortcomings and start working with female employees to fix them.

Carly Fiorina Backs Maternity Leave Policy Worse Than Afghanistan's

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.10.2015 | 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...

Microsoft Just Upgraded Its Parental Leave Policy

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business

Microsoft is the latest company to unveil major changes to its parental leave benefits. The tech giant said in a blog post Wednesday that it wou...

Having A Baby Is Not A Disability. Netflix Apparently Gets That.

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business

Netflix got lots of kudos on Tuesday after announcing it would offer new parents up to 12 months of leave to be taken at their discretion during ...

Netflix Now Giving Employees 'Unlimited' Maternity, Paternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business

Netflix on Tuesday announced that it would offer something completely unheard of in the corporate world: unlimited parental leave ...

Open Letter to CEOs Who Oppose Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

When families are allowed choices about which parent will stay home -- a choice that only exists with paid leave, businesses are able to hold onto their best employees regardless of gender.

Andrew Lord

IBM Just Made Life A Little Easier For Working Mothers | Andrew Lord | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business

The company is offering an amazing new program to help nursing moms ship their breast milk back home when they're traveling for work.

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.

Navy Expands Maternity Leave. Are Dads Next?

Josh Levs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Levs

Obviously, military families make incredible, admirable sacrifices, and many personnel can't be allowed to leave for longer blocks of time. But if the Navy can part with new moms for 18 weeks after a birth, it can part with at least some new dads for more than 10 days total during the child's first year of life.

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.

Is It Time for a "She for He" Campaign?

Catherine Tinsley | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Catherine Tinsley

When fathers take paternity leave they are more engaged with parenting throughout childhood. For example, controlling for income and education, dads who took time off at birth were almost 50 percent more likely to read to their children as toddlers.

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...

What a Feminist Dad Wants For Father's Day

Jacob Feinspan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Jacob Feinspan

I want my little boy, and his big brother, to grow up in a world of real gender equity. Of equal pay for equal work. Where moms are proud of their work both out in the world and at home -- and where dads get credit only when we take on a fair share of parenting.

Jenny Che

These Are 10 Of The Best Companies For New Dads | Jenny Che | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business

These companies understand how important paternity leave is.

Arthur Delaney

Bernie Sanders Wants To Bring Back Your 40-Hour Workweek | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks Americans may have forgotten about the 40-hour week. "A hundred...

Updating our Portrait of Today's Father

Brad Harrington | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Brad Harrington

Dads today are much more hands-on and engaged with their children than fathers were a generation ago. The majority want to share parenting responsibilities equally with their spouse but know that their actions are not yet aligned with their aspirations.

Why Paternity Leave Is Important For Dads AND Moms

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents

Father's Day is upon us, that time when we pause to celebrate dads and the contributions they make to their families. But for too many men in this cou...

A Holiday Is Nice -- But What Fathers Really Need is Paid Leave

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

One day a year, we celebrate dads. Chances are, that's one day more than they had to celebrate becoming a father. At least that's the case in the U.S. - along with nearly 100 other countries around the world that don't provide any paid leave to new fathers.