Did you know that in Sweden, parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave, 60 of which are reserved for dads? The rest of the world might not be as progressive, but according to a post in Catch News, tech-based companies are becoming more lenient with their parental leave policies, believing that it helps with employee retention, and an increased sense of responsibility. Here are some of the top tech companies in the world supporting more generous maternity and paternity paid leaves.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on social media that he is taking a two-month paternity leave for the birth of his daughter.
Facebook and Instagram furnish all new mothers and fathers with four months (17 weeks) of paid leave. They also offer a $4,000 “baby cash” stipend to employees when they become parents.
In an addition to this, Facebook subsidises adoption programmes and child care. Most surprisingly, it also subsidises surrogate parenting, sperm donation and egg freezing initiatives.
Google offers biological moms 18 weeks of fully paid and vested maternity leave. Going a step further, Google has a provision for providing 22 weeks of paid leaves for mothers who have complications during child birth.
Primary caregivers, irrespective of their gender are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid leave, including adoptive and surrogate caregivers. Non-primary caregivers are eligible for up to seven paid weeks off.
The California-based media streaming provider offer new parents an unlimited paid leave for a period of one year. The policy applies to first year after the birth or adoption of the child wherein the new parents can take as much time they want. They also have the choice to go work part-time, full-time or “return and then go back out as needed.”
However, the parental policy only applies to “salaried streaming employees”.
The multimedia software company provides 16 weeks of paid time off for primary caregivers “allowing new parents more time to spend bonding with their children.” The leave policy is provided to employees who have become mothers and fathers “through childbirth, surrogacy, adoption or foster care.”
Labelled as the “most important assets”, the birth mothers who work at San Jose, California are eligible for up to 26 weeks of paid leave.
Expecting mothers at Twitter are eligible for up to 20 weeks of paid leaves. Also, new fathers and adoptive parents get 10 weeks paid off time at Twitter. The company also hosts roundtables for new parents and soon-to-be parents every quarter.