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Netflix Offers Unlimited Maternity Leave to New Parents

Netflix, located in Los Gatos Calif., has caught on to the rest of the world’s standards when it comes to maternity leave. The corporation announced early August that it would offer unlimited leave after a baby is born or adopted.

Currently, new parents receive 6 weeks off and are paid through state disability. According to Pregnancy.org, those who receive FMLA through their employer are allowed to take up to twelve weeks off and will be paid through state disability. Unless the child has special needs, anytime needed off beyond this point does not offer job protection and may not qualify for compensation through the state.

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Applying and receiving benefits through the state is a tedious process, but it is the first step to begin any kind of approved leave. However, Netflix is doing things a little differently. According to CNN, the corporation will be doing the payout, rather than the state.

The employees who qualify for the leave will receive the same pay without any changes. Netflix is notorious for such employee-friendly policies, as they currently offer unlimited sick pay and vacation leave.

It has been argued that Netflix can afford to offer the maternity leave as the above due to having a substantially small number of women employed, however, the policy is for both men and women. While it may seem that this may cost the company funding and employees, it is actually the opposite. Netflix’s Chief of Talent Offer, Tawni Cranz, wrote a blog post on the subject,

“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. This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.”
–Tawni Cranz
Longer maternity leave seems to be a growing trend among American tech companies. Google offers 18 weeks of leave, Facebook offers four months, and Apple offers 14 weeks. Shortly after Netflix’s new policy announcement, Microsoft announced that they would be increasing their maternity leave to 20 weeks.
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