Netflix Announces Unlimited Maternity and Paternity Leave

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Netflix announced Tuesday that their employees can now take unlimited paid parental leave during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.

“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,”  said Netflix chief talent officer Tawni Cranz said of the policy in the company’s blog post.

The policy allows employees the flexibility to return part-time, full-time or return and then go back out as needed all while being paid as normal. Besides the obvious benefits of the policy for the employee, it also alleviates the paperwork for both the employer and employee by not having to switch to state or disability pay.

“Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home,” the company added.

Parental leave has been a prominent topic of discussion this year in the United States. During the State of the Union address in January, President Obama stated that the U.S. is the only advanced country in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.

As of now, there is a Federal law in place that guarantees new parents 12-weeks off, but only at companies with 50 or more employees — and even then it doesn’t have to be paid. Obama expanded parental leave for federal employees in January. They are now eligible for six weeks paid time off.

Netflix seems to be ahead of the curve, and it will be interesting to see how or if other companies follow suit.

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