When Adobe announced Monday that the company would be offering up to 6 months of paid leave for new moms, the U.S.-based tech firm joined the ranks of a growing number of companies who are FINALLY recognizing the value and necessity of more generous, compensated parental leave policies. For employees at Adobe, birth mothers get 26 weeks leave, 10 weeks of which are considered medical leave and another 16 weeks of parental leave. Primary caregivers, such as those who become new parents through surrogacy, adoption, or foster care, get 16 weeks. Non-primary caregiver parental leave was increased to four weeks at full pay. The new Microsoft parental leave policy, which will begin November 1st, offers up to 20 paid weeks for mothers who give birth and up to 12 paid weeks for non-birth parents. Read on for a few more parental leave policies that have recently been announced.
- Netflix: one year unlimited paid parental leave
- Johnson & Johnson: up to 17 weeks paid parental leave
- Virgin Group: up to one fully paid year
Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Yahoo have all increased their parental leave policies in the past few years, and several of those companies have noted increased retention among new moms returning from generous leave. Just as these tech companies are leading the way for the world’s innovations and inventions, we hope that their leave policies create a ripple effect that extends to other divisions and sectors in the working world.
In one positive example outside the tech world, TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie took 12 weeks of paternity leave after the birth of his son and has spoken in several venues about the value of time off with a new baby. TOMS offers eight weeks of paid leave for all new parents, as well as a flexible schedule when returning to work. The United States is infamous for being the only industrialized nation in the world to have no paid family leave for mothers or fathers. Just for reference, Sweden just announced that all new dads will get a third month of paid paternity leave starting next year.