Tuesday afternoon, Netflix announced an exciting policy for moms and dads with new family additions. Employees will have one less worry after a birth or adoption, and will receive “unlimited” maternity and paternity leave for one year. According to their blog:
We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay
If huge companies like Netflix are starting to acknowledge the importance of maternity and paternity leave, others will hopefully follow.
Anyone who has either had, or had someone close to them, welcome a child into their family knows what incredible stress can be associated with the changes involved. The first years of life are critical for developing children, but financial pressures often take over every other aspect of these years.
John Oliver recently did an excellent job explaining some of the deficiencies in most American companies family leave policies in this clip from Last Week Tonight:
Critics often claim that family leave negatively affects women because it can cause them to be passed over for employment and be paid less overall. However, these issues can be negated when leave is extended to dads too, as is happening in Sweden and Quebec.
By including paternity leave in their amazing new policy, Netflix makes taking time off to be there for the irreplaceable beginning of a child’s life and family bonding a human issue, not just a female issue.
As if Netflix wasn’t doing well enough recently, with its stocks at an all time high, this will certainly do great things for their public image — and hopefully pave the way for other American companies to follow their lead.
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